Day 3 | Spotlight Session 5

Development and Security at the Tunisia-Libya Border: Two Sides of the Same Coin?

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Despite Tunisia bolstering border security, in March 2016 a terrorist attack was launched on the town of Ben Guerdane. The Libyan-Tunisian border militarization has seriously impacted the region’s economy, hindering cross-border trade and disrupting citizens’ livelihoods who rely on diminishing resources. Additionally, COVID-19’s impact and growing social unrest are warning signs of growing fragility.

In 2020, UNDP began researching the Tunisia-Libya border’s political economy. The goal was simple: (a) improve the understanding of local economic dynamics and their impact on security; and (b) facilitate dialogue between local communities and public authorities around a new government model for regional interventions. 

We will discuss the challenges and opportunities of Libya’s PVE agenda in Tunisia presented by the border security policy and the stabilization trend. Hear more about the findings advocating for inclusive policies to: (a) improve human security; (b) mitigate the negative impact of hard security measures in the region; and (c) strengthen citizens’ trust in institutions. 

16 June 2021

Start: 11:00 (CEST)
End: 12:00 (CEST)


Alissar Chaker

United Nations Development Programme Tunisia


Neila Feki

Tunisia’s National Counterterrorism Commission

Hamza Meddeb

Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

Michaël Ayari

International Crisis Group Tunisia

Jean-Louis Romanet Perroux

North African Policy Initiative (NAPI)