Lessons From a Comparison of Tunisia and Algeria: The Path to Democracy
AIR FORCE ACADEMY COLORADO SPRINGS CO COLORADO SPRINGS United States
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With Arab Spring Revolutions struggling to gain democracy and political freedom, it is essential to understand the factors that allow a third-world country the ability to forge a democratic future. This case study comparing the political development of Tunisia and Algeria outlines the importance of education, womens rights, and nation-supporting militaries to the success, and even initiation, of a democratic revolution. Since these two Maghreb countries have similar people, history, and resources, but profoundly different outcomes, they make an excellent case to examine in order to determine why Tunisia excelled at their quest for true democracy and Algeria still struggles under militant rule. This examination gives further insight to Tunisias current democratic status and provides the foundation necessary to predict the likelihood of a lasting Tunisian democracy. In summary, this relevant case study demonstrates how collective thought, womens societal status, and role of the military can determine the success or failure of a democratic revolution.
- Government and Political Science