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Building Partnerships in Challenging Times: The Defence Arrangements of Tunisia

New study by Gergely Varga, Associate Research Fellow of IFAT.

Publication and coordination: European Institute of the Mediterranean


In light of the security challenges of the post-Arab Spring, Tunisia has been actively seeking for new international partnerships and assistance in order to modernise its defence forces and tackle security threats with greater efficiency. The paper provides an overview of the international defence arrangements that Tunisia has developed since the revolution of 2011. Furthermore, it looks into the absorption capacity of Tunisia in the light of the considerable assistance it receives from international partners. The paper covers the major bilateral defence partnerships of Tunisia as well as its security and defence relations with international organisations such as NATO, the EU, the G7 and the 5+5 Defence Initiative. It argues that despite the new defence relationships Tunisia has developed in recent years, traditional partnerships with major Western powers still play a defining role in the modernization of the sector.

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