Columbia Global Centers

October 30, 2017

Financial Times: Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly by Safwan M Masri

In his book explaining why Tunisia is an “Arab anomaly”, Safwan Masri says it was “predisposed to democracy because of ingredients that are uniquely indigenous to it”. This is a controversial proposition but Masri sustains it, in a hymn to Tunisia that is also an examination of Arab shortcomings elsewhere — above all in education.

October 12, 2017

5 Questions: Safwan Masri on His New Book ‘Tunisia: An Arab Anomaly’

In his new book, Tunisia: An Arab AnomalySafwan Masri, executive vice president for Columbia Global Centers and Global Development, traces Tunisia’s history of reform in education, religion and women’s rights, arguing that the seeds for today’s relatively liberal and democratic society were planted as far back as the middle of the 19th century.