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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