Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Politics and International Relations

Reader 1

Sumita Pahwa

Reader 2


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Despite the widespread persecution, harassment, imprisonment, and socioeconomic marginalization women, often Islamist women, faced during the Ben Ali regime from police and the internal security apparatus and the subsequent political organizing within the transitional justice process, substantive security sector reform (SSR) has not been implemented. Although there was initial progress on reforming the Ministry of Interior immediately after the fall of the Ben Ali regime and the IVD’s work on uncovering abuses, the combination of both the early political polarization and subsequent elite consensus between Ennahda and Nidaa Tounes, the rise of unregulated of police unions bolstered by the threat of terrorism, and the deemphasis on gender and independent accountability and oversight in foreign aid has impeded the political will for any meaningful security sector reform to occur, much less gender-based SSR.

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