Leading up to long-awaited municipal elections, Tunisia is at a crossroads. The beginning of 2018 saw widespread protests and social unrest in both cities and rural areas, as economic stagnation and unemployment continue to worsen. However, the vote currently set for May 6 signals an opportunity for Tunisian youth, women, and minorities to make their voices heard.

How might the elections encourage confidence among Tunisians in a transparent democratic process? Could the results promote or undermine Tunisia’s fragile stability? How can the international community better support Tunisia and its government to address the rising social tensions?

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to host Ambassador Fayçal Gouia, ambassador of Tunisia to the United States, Elie Abouaoun (USIP), and Sabina Henneberg (SAID) for a panel discussion to examine Tunisia’s political challenges -- both local and national -- ahead of the elections. MEI’s senior vice president for policy research and programs, Paul Salem, will moderate the discussion.