Haim Malka is a senior fellow and deputy director of the Middle East Program at CSIS, where he oversees the program’s work on the Maghreb. His principal areas of research include religious radicalization, government strategies to combat extremism, violent nonstate actors, and North African politics and security. He also covers political Islam and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Before joining CSIS in 2005, he was a research analyst at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where he concentrated on U.S. Middle East foreign policy. Malka spent six years living in Jerusalem, where he worked as a television news producer. He is a frequent commentator in print, on radio, and on television and the coauthor of Arab Reform and Foreign Aid: Lessons from Morocco (CSIS, 2006) and the author of Crossroads: The Future of the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership (CSIS, 2011). He holds a B.A. from the University of Washington in Seattle and an M.A. from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Tunisia: Radicalism Abroad and at Home
Tunisia is at the forefront of an evolving struggle against radicalism and jihadi-salafi violence. Tunisians make up one of the largest groups of fighters joining the Islamic State group and al Qaeda affiliates in Syria and Libya.
Within Tunisia, radicalized individuals and cells have launched dozens of terrorist attacks since 2011. Why is the country that sparked the Arab uprisings and is on a path to more representative government facing such a direct threat of radicalism?
CSIS’s Haim Malka and Margo Balboni examine this question in an interactive website that tells the story of how and why thousands of young Tunisians joined jihadi-salafi groups after the 2011 uprisings.