To many, Tunisia symbolizes the success of the intense popular discontent that sparked the Arab Spring. There, in 2010, Mohamed Bouazizi, a young fruit vendor, set himself on fire, leading to protests that soon had a domino effect in neighboring Arab states. The subsequent ousting of Tunisia’s president, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, put the country on the path to democratic reform, and just last year the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its role in helping to build that democracy.  

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