Tunisia is hailed as a 'beacon' of democracy - so why are so many Tunisians joining Daesh?

Published September 10th, 2015 - 04:20 GMT
Women hold signs reading "no to terrorism" outside the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, which was attacked by Daesh-affiliated gunmen in March.  (AFP/Fadel Senna)
Women hold signs reading "no to terrorism" outside the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, which was attacked by Daesh-affiliated gunmen in March. (AFP/Fadel Senna)

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Tunisia, regarded as the Arab ‘beacon of hope’ and the cliché of Arab secularism and liberalism, raises a lot of expectations. Hence the most pressing point when Tunisia is discussed rotates around the 3000 Tunisian fighters who joined the ranks of Daesh (or ISIS). The problem might lay in a distortion of the nation-building process that started six decades ago, which left many Tunisians stateless in their own minds.

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