Tunisia is located in Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Algeria and Libya.  The nation gained independence from France in March 1956. The total area of 163,610 sq. km is home to a population of 10,732,900 people. Ninety-eight percent of this population is of Arab ethnicity, and Arabic is the official language. French is also a language used in Tunisian commerce. In late January 2011, a "national unity government" was formed and by late October 2011, elections for a Constituent Assembly were held. The Constituent Assembly is charged with appointing a new interim government, drafting a new constitution, and preparing for legislative and presidential elections.

  • Juan R. Cole

    Juan Cole

    Professor, History

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    Amr Soliman

    Assistant Professor, Epidemiology

  • Mark Tessler

    Mark Tessler

    Vice Provost, International Affairs
    Samuel J. Eldersveld Collegiate Professor, Political Science
    Director, International Institute
    Research Professor, Center for Political Studies

  • Susan Waltz

    Susan Waltz

    Professor, Public Policy