Doha Debates in Tunis Offer First Public Discussion on Middle East Unrest

FALLS CHURCH, VA – The Doha Debates, Qatar's free-speech forum, are in Tunis to examine the wave of political unrest in the Arab world - the first public, televised discussion of its kind in the region since the troubles began. 
The session, filmed February 22 at the Institut National du Patrimoine in Tunis (Al-Qasbah), contests the motion: "This House believes that Arab revolutions will just produce different dictators".


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Announcing the session, Doha Debates' Chairman Tim Sebastian said the debates had come to Tunis because it was there that the demonstrations and uprisings had begun. "We're now seeing unrest – and violence – from North Africa to the Gulf. It's time to hear directly from the Tunisians and ask whether they knew what they were starting – and where they believe it will end."
Speaking for the motion is Journalist Kamal Ben Younis, Executive Director of the International Studies Association and Institute Tunisia and Rauoudha Ben Othman, Professor of Linguistics at the University of Tunis.
Speaking against the motion is Fares Mabrouk, founder of the Arab Policy Institute, a new think tank supporting democratic change in the MENA region and Dr. Shibley Telhami, professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland in the United States and a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution.
The Doha Debates have established a reputation as the premier forum for discussing the hottest, political issues in the Arab and Islamic worlds. They are available to nearly 400 million homes worldwide.


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