Why 60, 65 & 114 US-based experts are wrong in believing that more cash & weapons will help save Tunisia
I added some new links to Yezid’s foundational work on the Security Sector as well as ICG’s July report that I disagree with only in regards to the policy recommendations.
Tunisia needs more aid from outside actors. It needs cash (and probably not more loans) to help its economy. And it needs a strong security sector to replace the clearly corrupt and ineffective one that cannot protect this country from a relentless, hi-tech insurgency which can claim multiple safe zones all around, including within some sympathetic, local populations.
In fact, unlike in several other parts of the world where external aid and influence can and perhaps should be viewed quite skeptically, Tunisia is thankfully free from several of the factors that customarily push powerful external actors to act rather badly when “assisting” the weaker state in question.
All of this, I believe, is fairly obvious to – what one thinks is – the majority of Tunisians, as well as for the external actors like the US, France, UK, EU and others who have a renewed interest in trying to make…
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