21 February 2019, Sala Triaria, Villa Schifanoia, 15.00 – 17.00
Ruth Hanau-Santini will discuss her latest book ‘Limited Statehood in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia: Citizenship, Economy and Security’ and how it contributes to advance the analysis of states and areas of limited statehood with reference to the Middle East and North Africa.
Since the 2003 Iraq war and the 2010-2011 uprisings, the Middle East and North Africa has witnessed numerous processes of states’ disintegration, fragmentation and recomposition. Alongside state authority retrenchment in post-2003 Iraq or in post-2011 Syria, Libya or Yemen, and with the more prominent role that non-state actors have been playing in the region in the last decade, statehood remains a central analytical category encapsulating many, if not all, power relations shaping these countries’ present political dynamics. However, no shared understanding of how Arab states are changing has emerged and the debate on how to conceptualise statehood remains open. The Tunisian case contributes to clarify the terms and to explore different conceptions of states and areas of limited statehood, while setting them against the rich empirical relevance gathered in the book.
Organiser: Federica Bicchi (EUI)
Discussant: Georges Fahmi (EUI)
Speaker: Ruth Hanau Santini (L’Orientale University of Naples)