Inside Story

Has life changed for Tunisia after the revolution?

Their uprising triggered upheaval across the region, but five years on many Tunisians are disillusioned.

It is not often that the actions of one man can set in motion events that affect millions of people.
But so it was for Mohamed Bouazizi, a Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire five years ago.
His actions triggered a revolution that finished with the downfall of President Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali and the end of decades of authoritarian rule.
Tunisia’s uprising inspired millions of people across the Middle East and North Africa to rise up, armed with a belief that change was possible.
But five years on, many Tunisians wonder if it was all for nothing.
Has the country that became a model for the Arab Spring failed to deliver on the promise of real change?
And what has the rest of the region learned from Tunisia? 

Presenter: Folly Bah Thibault


Rafik Abdessalem – Tunisian politician and head of external affairs for the Ennahda party.

Nadia Marzouki – Author and political scientist at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique.

Nicholas Noe – Middle East analyst and co-director of The Tunis Exchange