* Registration Deadline I April 30, 2021


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The 14th Tunis Exchange

May 27-June 19, 2021

The 14th Tunis Exchange will be held virtually this year in association with Georgetown University's Democracy and Governance Program over eight Thursdays and Saturdays, May 27-June 19. During the 25+ hours of sessions, participants from around the world will have the opportunity to meet, listen to and engage leading social, political, religious and economic figures from across the spectrum in Tunisia.

Who Should Register?

NGO Practitioners

& Peacebuilders

Foreign Diplomats
& Analysts

Academics
& Researchers

Journalists & Media Professionals

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Registration Deadline: April 30, 2021

The eight days of Tunis Exchange sessions (May 27, May 29, June 3, June 5, June 10, June 12, June 17 and June 19) will be conducted via Zoom starting at 2pm Tunis Time/9am EST every Thursday and 3pm Tunis Time/10am EST every Saturday and will conclude approximately three hours later each day. In order to promote small group dynamics and engagement with our speakers, the number of participants will be capped at 30. Sessions themselves will usually be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis and will generally allow ample opportunity for question time (simultaneous translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under the Chatham House rule, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.

-- $350 for undergraduate and graduate students, unaffiliated researchers and freelance journalists

-- $500 for affiliated researchers, academics, journalists, NGO or UN staff

-- $750 for private enterprise or government staff

All funding for the Exchange comes from only two sources: The participants themselves who pay the participation fee or scholarship recipients who benefit from individual, charitable contributions designed specifically to broaden the social, political and geographic diversity of each Exchange table. As such, there is no government, commercial or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.

The Foundation for Global Political Exchange currently has two Scholarships (covering the participation fee) available in each of two categories: A) The Tunisian/Tunisian Origin Researcher Scholarship for Tunisian researchers who additionally demonstrate a lack of institutional or self-funding ability; B) The Global Exchange Researcher Scholarship available for researchers who will deepen the social, political and geographic diversity of the Exchange and who can document a lack of institutional or self-funding ability. For any questions related to scholarships, email:
info@globalpoliticalexchange.org

Invited speakers will address several specific areas, including but not limited to:


- The history and internal transformations of Ennahda, including organizational and ideological evolution since the revolution;


- The post-revolutionary evolution of the UGTT, Tunisia's powerful labor union, and its role in politics (including implications of its role as primary mediator in the National Dialogue of late 2013);


- The composition, platforms of, and alliances between major parties;


- The state of the Tunisian economy, including regional inequalities, budget transparency and decentralization, etc.;


- Security sector reform and the response to terrorism;


- Institutional and legislative reform needs following the passage of Tunisia's constitution, focusing particularly on reform of the Ministry of Interior (security sector) and Ministry of Justice (judicial sector), Tunisia's two most problematic ministries;


- Human rights in the new Tunisia (addressing issues such as freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, status of women, use of torture and the terrorism debate);


- Salafism, its composition (political, quietist, jihadi) in Tunisia and its relationship to and implications for party politics, stability, and governance moving forward;


- Taking stock of what Tunisia has done regarding transitional justice, what steps are planned to realize the recently passed transitional justice law, and what more needs to be done;


- The role of the media and civil society organizations;


- Youth politics and activism within and outside formal party structure; - The scope and underlying causes of recent protest movements.

Program Specifics:

Participation Fees:

Applying for a Scholarship:

Session Topics:

Accepted participants in the upcoming Tunis Exchange will receive the full Agenda of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions. The completed Agenda of the last Tunis Exchange (June 2019) was as follows:

THE COMPLETED SCHEDULE OF THE LAST TUNIS EXCHANGE (JUNE 2019)

Sunday June 9


6:00pm -- Introductions, House Rules & Safety Briefing: The Exchange


7:00pm -- Opening Discussion


8:00pm -- Ouiem Chettaoui, Security Sector Specialist



Monday June 10


8:30am -- Monica Marks, NYU Abu Dhabi


10:30am -- Amine Thabet, Mehdi Foudhaili & Hervé de Baillen, Democracy Reporting International


12:00pm -- LUNCH


1:00pm -- Zied Ladhari, Minister of Development, Investment & International Cooperation, An-Nahdha Party


3:30pm -- Yassine Brahim, Afek Tounes Party Leader & MP


5:00pm -- Radwan Masmoudi, President of The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy


6:00pm -- Emmanuel Geny, Democracy International


7:30pm -- Achraf Aouadi, President of I-WATCH Tunsia & Mohammad Dhia Hammami, Wesleyan University



Tuesday June 11


10:00am -- GROUP DISCUSSION


11:00am -- Salwa Gantri, Country Director International Center for Transitional Justice


12:30pm -- LUNCH


1:30pm -- Tarek Kahlaoui, Former Director of the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies, Assistant Professor MSB


3:00pm -- Selim Kharrat, President of Al-Bawsala


5:00pm -- European University of Tunis, Discussion With International Relations Department



Wednesday June 12


9:30am -- Stefan Buchmayer, Country Director of The Democratic Control of Armed Forces


10:45am -- International Republican Institute Senior Advisor Djordje Todorovic, Resident Program Officer Elizabeth O’Bagy & Jihen Jouini


12:00pm -- LUNCH


1:00pm -- Nabil Karoui, Karoui & Karoui World


2:30pm -- Moncef Marzouki, Former President of Tunisia, Al-Irada Party Leader


4:00pm -- Fadhel Ben Omrane, Nidaa Tounes MP


5:00pm -- Ahlem Belhaj, UGTT & Femme Democrat Leader


6:00pm -- Khawla Ben Aicha, Machroua Tounes MP



Thursday June 13


9:00am -- Amine Ghali, President of Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center


10:30am -- Nicolas Kaczorowski, Country Director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems


12:00pm -- LUNCH


1:00pm -- Mohamed Ali Azaiez, An-Nahdha


2:00pm -- Rached Ghannouchi, President of An-Nahdha


5:00pm -- Mohamed Ayadi, INLUCC Commissioner


7:00pm -- Dinner


8:00pm -- Drive to SFAX 



Friday June 14 


11:00am -- Anouar Jebir, Baladiyya Sfax, Health Commission 


11:45am -- Ayman Bouhajeb, Machroua Tunis Sfax, & Mohsen Marzouk, Head of Party Machroua Tounes 


1:00pm -- LUNCH


3:30pm -- Baddredine Abdelkefi, MP An-Nahdha 


5:00pm -- Drive to GABES 


9:00pm -- Dinner with Rim Thabti, Activist & Blogger 



Saturday June 15 


9:30am -- Mohamed Ali Chouiab, Activist 


11:00am -- Mouhamed Hayder, Cultural Association of Gabes 


12:30pm -- LUNCH 


2:30pm -- Ismail Hafsi, Environmentalist & Activist 


3:30pm -- Yessine Ben Salem, Nahdha Regional Secretary General Gabes 


4:30pm -- Khayreddine Debaya, Environmentalist & Activist 


5:30pm -- Drive back to TUNIS


Sunday June 16 


11:00am -- Ouided Bouchamoui, Nobel Prize Winner, The Quartet & Former President of UTICA


12:00pm -- Group Discussion


1:00pm -- Tunis Airport & End Program



The 13th Tunis Exchange will be held in Association with Georgetown University's Democracy and Governance Program June 7-14 in Tunisia and will engage participants from around the world in a multifaceted discussion of some of the key issues facing Tunisia and the wider region.


Who Should Register:


— Foreign diplomats;


— NGO practitioners;


— Researchers, analysts and journalists;


— Academics working on the region.



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The Tunis Exchange program specifically rests on two tracks this Summer:


Professional & Academic


Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Tunisia and the wider region. Themes will include, among others:


- The history and internal transformations of Ennahda, including organizational and ideological evolution since the revolution;


- The post-revolutionary evolution of the UGTT, Tunisia's powerful labor union, and its role in politics (including implications of its role as primary mediator in the National Dialogue of late 2013);


- The composition, platforms of, and alliances between major parties;


- The state of the Tunisian economy, including regional inequalities, budget transparency and decentralization, etc.;- Security sector reform and the response to terrorism;


- Institutional and legislative reform needs following the passage of Tunisia's constitution, focusing particularly on reform of the Ministry of Interior (security sector) and Ministry of Justice (judicial sector), Tunisia's two most problematic ministries;


- Human rights in the new Tunisia (addressing issues such as freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, status of women, use of torture and the terrorism debate);


- Salafism, its composition (political, quietist, jihadi) in Tunisia and its relationship to and implications for party politics, stability, and governance moving forward;


- Taking stock of what Tunisia has done regarding transitional justice, what steps are planned to realize the recently passed transitional justice law, and what more needs to be done;


- The role of the media and civil society organizations;- Youth politics and activism within and outside formal party structure;


- The scope and underlying causes of recent protest movements.


Dialogue with LeadersParticipants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political, religious and economic leaders from across the spectrum in Tunisia.



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THE COMPLETED SCHEDULE OF THE TWELFTH TUNIS EXCHANGE:


NOTE:


Accepted applicants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers prior to the opening of the Thirteenth Tunis Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.




Sunday


6:00pm -- Introductions, House Rules & Safety Briefing: The Exchange


7:00pm -- Opening Discussion


8:00pm -- Ouiem Chettaoui, Security Sector Specialist



Monday


8:30am -- Monica Marks, NYU Abu Dhabi


10:30am -- Amine Thabet, Mehdi Foudhaili & Hervé de Baillen, Democracy Reporting International


12:00pm -- LUNCH


1:00pm -- Zied Ladhari, Minister of Development, Investment & International Cooperation, An-Nahdha Party


3:30pm -- Yassine Brahim, Afek Tounes Party Leader & MP5:00pm -- Radwan Masmoudi, President of The Center for the Study of Islam & Democracy


6:00pm -- Emmanuel Geny, Democracy International


7:30pm -- Achraf Aouadi, President of I-WATCH Tunsia & Mohammad Dhia Hammami, Wesleyan University



Tuesday


10:00am -- GROUP DISCUSSION


11:00am -- Salwa Gantri, Country Director International Center for Transitional Justice


12:30pm -- LUNCH


1:30pm -- Tarek Kahlaoui, Former Director of the Tunisian Institute of Strategic Studies, Assistant Professor MSB


3:00pm -- Selim Kharrat, President of Al-Bawsala


5:00pm -- European University of Tunis, Discussion With International Relations Department



Wednesday


9:30am -- Stefan Buchmayer, Country Director of The Democratic Control of Armed Forces


10:45am -- International Republican Institute Senior Advisor Djordje Todorovic, Resident Program Officer Elizabeth O’Bagy & Jihen Jouini12:00pm -- LUNCH


1:00pm -- Nabil Karoui, Karoui & Karoui World2:30pm -- Moncef Marzouki, Former President of Tunisia, Al-Irada Party Leader


4:00pm -- Fadhel Ben Omrane, Nidaa Tounes MP


5:00pm -- Ahlem Belhaj, UGTT & Femme Democrat Leader


6:00pm -- Khawla Ben Aicha, Machroua Tounes MP



Thursday


9:00am -- Amine Ghali, President of Al-Kawakibi Democracy Transition Center @ NOVOTEL


10:30am -- Nicolas Kaczorowski, Country Director of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems


12:00pm -- LUNCH


1:00pm -- Mohamed Ali Azaiez, An-Nahdha @ HQ NAHDHA


2:00pm -- Rached Gannouchi, President of An-Nahdha


5:00pm -- Mohamed Ayadi, INLUCC Commissionier


7:00pm -- Dinner


8:00pm -- Drive to SFAX



Friday - Sfax


11:00am -- Anouar Jebir, Baladiyya Sfax, Health Commission (Elected in 2018 under Macroua Tounes)


11:45am -- Ayman Bouhajeb, Machroua Tunis Sfax, & Mohsen Marzouk, Head of Party Maroua Tounes


1:00pm -- LUNCH


3:30pm -- Baddredine Abdelkefi, MP An-Nahdha


5:00pm -- Drive to GABES


9:00pm -- Dinner with Rim Thabti, Activist & Blogger



Saturday - Gabes


9:30am -- Mohamed Ali Chouiab, Activist


11:00am -- Mouhamed Hayder, Cultural Association of Gabes


12:30pm -- LUNCH


2:30pm -- Ismail Hafsi, Environmentalist & Activist


3:30pm -- Yessine Ben Salem, Nahdha Regional Secretary General Gabes


4:30pm -- Khayreddine Debaya, Environmentalist & Activist


5:30pm -- Drive back to TUNIS



Sunday


11:00am -- Ouided Bouchamoui, Nobel Prize Winner, The Quartet & Former President of UTICA @ Novotel


12:00pm -- Group Discussion1:00pm -- Tunis Airport & End Program





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Program Format:


The Tunis Exchange will open at the Novotel/IBIS Hotel in downtown Tunis with an orientation and security session at 6pm on Sunday, June 7 (the exact timing may change to accommodate late arrivals), after which our Media Partner for The Exchange - Meshkal - will provide a briefing on key issues and trends facing Tunisia. Throughout the week Monday-Friday, we will hold sessions both at the conference hotel as well as around the capital, usually from 9am until 6-8pm. On the evening of Friday, June 12, the group will travel to Kef in Western Tunisia for meetings. We will return to Tunis by 12pm on Sunday, June 14 for a short closing session (we therefore recommend booking departure flights after 4pm on Sunday, June 14). In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 22. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will generally allow ample opportunity for question time (consecutive translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under the Chatham House rule, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.


Costs:


Participation Fee - $950. All funding for the Exchange comes from only two sources: The participants themselves who pay the participation fee ($950) or scholarship recipients who benefit from individual, charitable contributions designed specifically to broaden the social, political and geographic diversity of each Exchange table. As such, there is no government, commercial or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.


Applying for a Full Scholarship - The Foundation for Global Political Exchange currently has one fully funded Scholarship (covering the conference fee, a per diem for meals, accommodation and airfare/transportation to the Exchange) available in each of two categories: A) The Global Exchange Researcher Scholarship available for researchers who will deepen the social, political and geographic diversity of the Exchange and who can document a lack of institutional or self-funding ability; and B) The Tunisian/Tunisian Origin Researcher Scholarship for Tunisian researchers who additionally demonstrate a lack of institutional or self-funding ability. For any questions related to scholarships or to request an application with more information, email info@thebeirutexchange.com


Accommodation - A single room at IBIS is available upon request for $75 per night inclusive of all taxes and breakfast. Participants are welcome to arrange for their own housing, although all participants are required to pay $120 for the two nights stay in the interior.


Airfare - $300, approximate from the European Union.

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Registration Deadline: April 30, 2021

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