Network 20/20’s Tunisia Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Program


Why Tunisia

Tunisia received a lot of attention following the start of the Arab Spring in 2010 as both the genesis of the region-wide uprisings and as one of the only success stories, having transitioned from the Ben Ali regime to a pluralistic democracy with a new constitution. However, gains are proving fragile. The economic dissatisfaction that prompted the Jasmine Revolution persists and political stalemates and infighting threaten its democracy. We believe that understanding the drivers of the current situation and hearing Tunisians’ ideas for solutions, particularly those with solutions that lie with input from the private sector, are areas where Network 20/20 expertise and global network can have a positive impact through awareness-raising, advocacy, or program development.

Tunisia was selected in consultation with Network 20/20’s Advisory Council members and topic matter experts.


What are the program’s objectives?

  • Uncover the main socio-political and economic trends in Tunisia and identify the challenges and opportunities in the private sector
  • Develop a strong network of public and private sector experts in the U.S. and Tunisia that work towards advancing international security and local/regional economy
  • Disseminate findings and present insights to policymakers, private sector leaders, and members of the public in the U.S. and members of Network 20/20’s global community
  • Explore possible follow-on projects that aim to utilize research findings and local network to develop an impact-driven project

    Who are the participants of the research program?

    A select group of delegates accompanied by Network 20/20’s staff and fellows will travel to Tunisia for approximately ten days of meetings (potentially from May 25th to June 5th, 2022). The delegation will meet with individuals whose expertise will span key industries and sectors in Tunisia, including leading business people from domestic and multinational companies, journalists, law, civil society leaders, and high-level government officials.

    Meet Our Tunisia Delegation

    Meet Our 2021-2023 Tunisia Fellows and In-Country Advisor

    Meet Our Tunisia Entrepreneurial Diplomacy Intern

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