TAYP attended a “Subcommittee Hearing: Transition at a Crossroads: Tunisia Three Years After the Revolution”.
“Three years since the Arab Spring began, Tunisia is at a crucial crossroads in its democratic transition. The country has been enmeshed in a political stalemate, and growing internal and external security challenges further complicate the tenuous political process. A democratic Tunisia would not only be a model for other countries in this volatile region, but a failure to make this transition would have grave consequences for the security interests of the U.S. and other nations in the region. This hearing will examine the status of the transition and what the U.S. and other organizations are doing to promote democracy and civil society at this critical juncture in Tunisia’s history.”
Staff from the Tunisian Embassy as well as other congress staffers attended the hearing. Presenters were:
Mr. Scott Mastic Regional Director Middle East and North Africa International Republican Institute
Mr. Leslie Campbell Senior Associate and Regional Director Middle East and North Africa National Democratic Institute
Mr. Bill Sweeney President and Chief Executive Officer International Foundation for Electoral Systems
After the hearing, TAYP members had the pleasure to meet with the committee chair US representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and expressed the importance of supporting the transition to a democracy in Tunisia.