Congressional Briefing Highlights the Success Stories of the Inaugural Tunisian Cohort of the U.S.-MENA Experiential Partnership

Posted by Tess Waggoner on September 13, 2019 in Blog

On September 13, 2019, AAIF hosted a congressional briefing sponsored by Representative Betty McCollum’s office, entitled, Tunisia at a Crossroads: Balancing Political Stability and Economic Prosperity. The briefing was an opportunity to discuss the latest political developments in Tunisia in the aftermath of the passing of President Caid-Essebi, the upcoming presidential elections and their potential repercussions on the stability of the country.  The briefing was organized as part of the U.S. experiential learning trip of the inaugural cohort of the inaugural Tunisian cohort of the U.S. – MENA Experiential Partnership – a year-long, hands-on good governance learning exchange between American and Tunisian public officials, supported by the...

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Members of AAIF’s Leadership Council Visit Tunisia as part of the Inaugural Cohort of the U.S.-MENA Experiential Partnership

Posted by Tess Waggoner on March 30, 2019 in Blog

The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) led a delegation of 10 Arab American elected officials and policy practitioners on an experiential learning trip to Tunisia between March 7 and 18th, 2019. The trip was part of the inaugural peer cohort of the U.S.- Tunisia Peer Exchange Program, supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI). The US peer delegation traveling to Tunisia was led by AAIF Executive Director, Maya Berry, and included 10 current and former Arab American elected officials and policy practitioners, who were matched with 14 newly elected Tunisian municipal officials from Tunis, Dar Chaabane El Fehri and the city of Sfax, Tunisia. This innovative year-long peer exchange program is a unique, one of a kind learning initiative designed to support newly elected public officials in Tunisia as they work to create a more transparent and responsive society.


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