Event Details

The Center for Contemporary Arab Studies invites you to join us for an event to launch Dr. Noureddine Jebnoun's latest book TUNISIA'S NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE: WHY "ROGUE ELEPHANTS" FAIL TO REFORM.

Professor Jebnoun, a long-time adjunct faculty member at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies focusing on politics, governance challenges, and security trends of the Arab Middle East and North Africa, will present on the research findings in his book and discuss its overarching themes. His presentation will be followed by a reception in which books will be available for purchase.

Tunisia's National Intelligence: Why "Rogue Elephants" Fail to Reform draws on extensive fieldwork and original data, examining the political and security evolution of Tunisia’s national intelligence in the post-independence era. It investigates the sophistication of the intelligence complex under Bin ʿAlī and its central role in entrenching his authoritarian rule.

Dr. Jebnoun teaches classes on Comparative Arab Civil-Military Relations, Politics of North Africa, Civil-Social Activism in North Africa among others at Georgetown University’s Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service. Previously, in Tunisia, he served as professor of strategy and geopolitics at the National War College, the Command and Staff College, and the National Defense Institute (19982004), as well as a senior lecturer at the High Institute of Internal Security Forces (20002004). He is the author of Tunisia's National Intelligence: Why "Rogue Elephants" Fail to Reform (NPA & CCAS, 2017), principal co-editor of and contributor to Modern Middle East Authoritarianism: Roots, Ramifications, and Crisis(Routledge, 2013 & 2015), and author of L’espace méditerranéen: les enjeux de la coopération et de la sécurité entre les rives nord et sud à l’aube du XXIème siècle [The Mediterranean Region: Implications of Security and Cooperation between the Northern and Southern Shores at the Dawn of the Twenty First Century] (NATO Defense College, 2003). His works have appeared in The Journal of North African Studies, Center for Contemporary Arab Studies’ Occasional Papers Series, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding Occasional Papers, and as book chapters, among other publications. He holds a PhD in Political Science from the University of Paris I-Pantheon Sorbonne (1996).

  • When: Wed Jan. 24
    6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

  • Address: Georgetown University
    Washington DC,US 20057

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