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Tunisia could be a model for what works in the Mideast

Tunisia could be a model for what works in the Mideast

The tragic terrorist attack at the National Bardo Museum in Tunis last week put Tunisia on the map again, but for the wrong reasons. Although the nation faces serious terrorist threats from the spillover violence in Libya, Islamic State recruitment and Al Qaeda-linked groups, it is important that outsiders not get the impression that Tunisia is yet another failing Arab state on the brink of chaos. Instead, it should be appreciated that Tunisia could offer a completely different model for the Middle East, one that values pluralism and development and that is bent on countering extremism. To be sure, Tunisia has a long way to go to translate such aspirations into reality. Leaving Tunis for...

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