Putting Tunisian Democracy to the Test

ForeignPolicy.com posted my latest article, Putting Tunisian Democracy to the Test, a scene setter for this Sunday’s elections. A preview:

This Sunday, Tunisians will finally go the polls for their first real democratic elections. After ten long months of political polarization, frustrated popular hopes, and complaints about mismanagement by the interim government, the elections to the constituent assembly mark a crucial step in a transition to a representative and accountable democracy. Many now fear that the elections will fail to resolve deep societal divides, or will even make things worse by empowering Islamists or restoring former regime figures. But those fears should not overshadow the hope that Tunisia has a chance to get things right and once again set an example for the Arab world.

Thanks to Marc Lynch for the insightful comments and editing.