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About Rob Prince

Rob Prince graduated from St.Lawrence University in French and Religion in 1966, when he served as a US Peace Corps volunteer and staff member in Tunis and Sousse. He lectures in international studies in the Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver

Articles by Rob Prince

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Tunisia: between a rock and a hard place

Rachid Ghannouchi was in need of both political reassurance (and indeed financial backing) from the Obama Administration that the Ennahdha Party would not go the way of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt

Tunisia: Siliana and the heritage of Farhat Hached sixty years after his assassination

Farhat Hached is still making history in Tunisia, where the government is fixated on shifting Tunisian society in a more religious direction, while failing to address the country’s appalling poverty and unemployment. We learn about that history.

Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire seems to be holding

Calls for comprehensive peace negotiations abound given the inability of conventional western military tactics to deal with the increasing effectiveness of asymmetrical warfare, and the need to compel all parties to forge a solution that recognizes the necessity of all sides to be secure in their homes.

Tunisia culture wars: the case of Habib Kazdaghli, Dean of the University of Tunis-Manouba

Shortly prior to the national elections for a constituent assembly, the national narrative shifted sharply from the socio-economic crisis which fuelled the revolt in the first place to matters of religion.

US shock doctrine – Libya style

It has been relatively easy for NATO to violate UN Resolution 1973 in part because of the splits of the peace movement worldwide. The peace movement will have to work very hard to counter the other interests involved in the next stage. A few voices are warning against continuing intervention.

US Middle East policy: see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil… just act surprised

None of the Arab Revolts of 2011 have played themselves out as yet. So it will be a while before the Obama Administration can assess the damage to its interests: a set back or a debacle?

Tunisia: Yezzi fock (It’s enough!)

In the end one never knows why it is that social conditions erupt into revolt. More often than not they do not. But still, there are a number of factors which might explain the current unprecedented protests
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