Air War College, Air University Maxwell AFB United States
From 1987 until 2011, the people of Tunisia suffered under autocratic rule, but in 2011, a popular revolution overthrew the ruler, resulting in its current representative democracy. This paper will examine the recent history of Tunisia leading up to the revolution. It will then examine realist, liberal and constructivist theory, as applied to the Tunisian revolution, and determine which theory best explains the events. Lastly, it will inform the kinds of policies we should adopt for similar revolutions in the future.