Can Tunisia Survive Threats to Democratic Change?

Ambassador Frank Wisner and Linda Bishai, USIP North Africa Director, discussed the political and economic measures that the United States can take to help resist the spread of radical extremism in Tunisia.

Ambassador Frank Wisner

Ambassador Frank Wisner currently serves as International Affairs Advisor at Squire Patton Boggs in New York. He previously served as Undersecretary of State for International Security Affairs (1992-93), Undersecretary of Defense for Policy (1993-94), and as Ambassador to India (1994-97), the Philippines (1991-92), Egypt (1986-91), and Zambia (1979-82). Ambassador Wisner was senior Deputy Assistant Secretary for African Affairs from 1982 to 1986, a time of intense diplomatic engagement in Southern Africa. He worked as a senior diplomat in Tunisia and Bangladesh before returning to Washington as Director of Plans and Management in the Bureau of Public Affairs. He joined the President’s Interagency Task Force on Indochina, the entity responsible for evacuating and settling nearly one million refugees and served as its Deputy Director.

Linda Bishai

Linda Bishai is the director of North Africa Programs at USIP. She has focused on peacebuilding education and training, electoral violence prevention, countering violent extremism and security sector/community dialogue. Bishai was responsible for a series of programs on electoral violence prevention in Sudan before the general elections and the South Sudan referendum and co-teaches the Preventing Electoral Violence in Africa course at USIP. She has also worked on police/community dialogue programming and developing violence prevention programming for upcoming elections in Africa. Bishai has worked with university educators to support peacebuilding concepts and courses in diverse fields and curricula.