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The future is writ in history

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The parallel yet divergent fates of two similar countries provide further proof that the roots of the Middle Eastern chaos lie in European colonial history.

The two states are neighbors and partners; they find themselves in difficult but very different circumstances. Today, nearly six years after the Arab Spring protests of early 2011, Algeria and Tunisia are two countries facing historical inflection points. The reasons behind their different trajectories are complex and fluid, tied to their divergent and complicated histories, different economies, and regional and global positions. A comparative perspective will provide a better understanding of these differences, as well as a starting point for reflecting on what the future might hold.

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