BERLIN — An alliance of Tunisian workers, employers, lawyers and activists won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday, a decision meant to honor the quest for democracy in the nation that gave birth to the Arab Spring as well as urge it on at a time when its still-tenuous gains are increasingly under threat.
The quartet of groups, including a labor union with about 1 million members, has worked to advance democracy in Tunisia, which still struggles with unrest but has made relative strides toward reforms even as other Arab Spring nations face greater violence, instability and the reemergence of dictatorships.
During critical junctures in 2013 and 2014, the civil society groups provided a vital bridge for dialogue and political compromises between the Islamists then in government and Tunisia’s opposition and secular movements. The opened channels helped ease the deep polarization and mistrust that have torn apart other nations in the aftermath of the Arab Spring upheavals. Click here to read the full report.