Wednesday, April 16th

"If they incline to peace, you also incline
to it, and put your trust in Allah."
-Surat-an-Nisaa (4), ayah 94

"In a few short years, CSID has propelled itself into a vital role in promoting democracy and toleration in the Muslim world, both conceptually and practically, in a manner that has earned it much respect. Its mission in Muslim countries cannot be more important and timely and is supplemented by another important mission in perusing good and responsible citizenship in the United States."
-- Shibley Telhami
Univ. of Maryland and the Brookings Institution
Current Articles
Washington Celebrates the Landmark New Tunisian Constitution

Washington Celebrates the Landmark New Tunisian Constitution

Tunisian parliamentarians, senior U.S. officials, diplomats, Middle East experts, media representatives, and a wide array of friends of Tunisia gathered on February 25th, 2010, at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington DC to celebrate the country's historic constitution. The banquet, hosted by the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy (CSID) and the National Council on U.S.-Arab relations, commemorated the adoption on January 26, 2010 of one of the Arab world's most progressive constitutions, with unprecedented guarantees of freedom of religion and women's rights.

New CSID Report - National Dialogue on the New Constitution

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Ye are pleased to present to you this NEW REPORT on the activities and debates (both public and private) organized by CSID-Tunisia in the past 7 months in order to encourage national dialogue and build a national consensus on the new constitution in Tunisia, which will hopefully have almost unanimous consent and support from all Tunisians, no matter what their political, religious, or cultural opinions and affiliations are.

Click here to download the report in English and here in Arabic.

Recent Articles
Statement Against Violence in Tunisia

In the Name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful,

Public Statement

For Defending Social Harmony and Protecting the Democratic Transition from Violence

Our country is passing through a delicate stage of our history with both hope and optimism, as well as fear of the potential risks of violence and extremism that could lead to the  failure of the revolution and the abortion of the democratic transition.  The Tunisian people, and all of the free people who supported the revolution and uphold democratic values, eagerly wish to witness the success of the Tunisian revolution in achieving its sacred objectives of implementing a democratic political system based on justice, human rights, freedom, and dignity.


Roadmap for Successful Elections in Tunisia

CSID National Dialogue on the Elections:

Conditions for Successful Elections in Tunisia

Six months after the Tunisian revolution and the removal of the dictator, the political scene finds itself in full election mode, with every political party scrambling to attract as many voters as possible before the October 23 elections for the Constituent Assembly. In this context, voters find themselves frustrated with the low level of productive discourse ensuing between parties, and are being put off from the process in significant numbers.

CSID’s 12th Annual Conference - Conference Report


12th Annual Conference

Tunisia's and Egypt's Revolutions and Transitions to Democracy

What is the impact on the Arab World?
What Lessons can we learn?


Click here to download report (in pdf)



Secretary Janet Napolitano
Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, DC 20528

Dear Secretary Napolitano,

We - the signatories of this letter of appeal - are writing out of concern for the treatment of a colleague and friend for whom we have great respect.  Dr. Radwan A. Masmoudi, a dual citizen of the United States and Tunisia, has been struggling since 2005 to get his name removed from the "No Fly” Watch list.  As he wrote to you in 2009, Dr. Masmoudi flies domestically and internationally an average of 2-3 times a month.  As he has described it to us, without fail, he is subjected to a delay of..

Read and Sign Petition Here.


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