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Leila Ben Mcharek

Leila Ben Mcharek obtained her PhD in Applied Social Sciences at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle University, Paris 3 (France). She is a consultant and honorary fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies at the University of Western Australia. Her current research interests include countering violent extremism (CVE), jihadi mobilisation strategies, and strategic communications, with a focus on North Africa and the Sahel. She is the co-author of an upcoming book “A Leap into the Unknown: Tunisian Women and the Temptation of Jihadism” (under contract). Since 2000 Leila has lectured and tutored in universities in North Africa and Australia. As a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, she was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (Washington DC). She has also held positions in the British Embassy in Tunis and in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and consulted to a United Nations body.

Articles by Leila Mcharek (4)

  • The real Tunisian spring

    On 21 December 2014, Tunisians elected a president by universal suffrage for the first time in their history. The election marked the success of a democratic transition initiated when a popular uprising sparked by the death of a young street vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, in Sidi Bouzid (central Tunisia) led to the ousting of dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali on 14 January 2011. As the Tunisian revolution came to have a domino effect in the Arab world, marking the beginning of the Arab Spring, expect
  • Tunisians say 'no' to Sharia and set an example for the region

    The constitution of the second Tunisian Republic, adopted on 27 January, three years after the Tunisian Revolution, is considered almost a miracle: this Arab Muslim country succeeded in getting its Islamists and secularists to agree on a constitution that recognises the Tunisian state as a civil state based on citizenship, popular will and the rule of law.