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Tackling Youth RadicalizationThrough InclusionIn Post-Revolutionary Tunisia

Research Study

The International Development Research Centre (IDRC) funds research in developing countries to promote growth, reduce poverty, and drive large-scale positive change. IDRC was established by an act of Canada’s parliament in 1970 with a mandate “to initiate, encourage, support, and conduct research into the problems of the developing regions of the world and into the means for applying and adapting scientific, technical, and other knowledge to the economic and social advancement of those regions.” IDRC has a head office in Ottawa, Canada while there are regional offices in Egypt, Uruguay, Kenya, and India.

___ Authors___

Nizar Ben Salah


Nizar Ben Salah is the chief research officer at the Maghreb Economic Forum, he manages the development of projects flow, research methodologies and the support of the different national and local stakeholders. He has worked on several youth empowerment and positive youth development projects in North Africa with organizations such as The International Institute of Debate, and UNESCO. Nizar has been supporting national and international organizations in designing, implementing, and evaluating projects and initiatives related to youth capacity development.

Nabil Barkati


Nabil Barkati is the chief programs officer at the Maghreb Economic Forum working on the research study “Tackling Youth Radicalization in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia Through Inclusion”. He has worked in several initiatives related to mitigating and preventing Violent Extremism in Tunisia since 2012. For instance, he worked on advocating alternative messaging as a tool to prevent and counter Violent Extremism. He, also, has been part of an initiative that promotes youth leadership to reinforce community resilience to radicalization. Additionally, Nabil worked on a project that worked on measuring youth susceptibility to violent extremism in vulnerable areas in Tunisia in order to reinforce youth resilience to radicalization and extremism.

___ Contributors ___


Roland Gillah

Chourouk Amouri

Harrison Leon


1 Examine.

and understand youth perception of inclusion, and assess the link between exclusion and youth radicalization in Tunisia. Hence recommend policies, programs and practices to prevent violent extremism and deradicalize marginalized female and male youth in Tunisia.

2. AnaLYZE

and evaluate existing strategies of violent extremism prevention and deradicalization in the Maghreb Region, to identify which strategies and measures could be successfully adapted in Tunisia to build youth resilience.

3. Develop

new approaches of preventing the radicalization of marginalized youth in Tunisia and enabling effective rehabilitation of former youth extremists.


The road to success in implementing this research was paved with the help and efforts of many people who worked tirelessly to support the team whenever we tripped and regained our feet. This would not have been possible without the support of the Maghreb Economic Forum and the International Development Research Center. First and foremost, we would want to express our gratitude to Mrs. Ramata Molo Thioune. Her advice and support were significantly conducive to guide the research team. She will be remembered for the time she spent on our research. Her support propelled us to heights we never imagined possible, and we will be eternally thankful.

We would want to express our appreciation to the Maghreb Economic Forum Board members, they were of a huge support, backing the research team and supporting the implementation of the project, also, the International Development Research Center (IDRC) for trusting the team with the responsibility to conduct such a project and for their understanding and patience.

Dr. Mohamed Karrou and Mr. Omar Weslati have our deepest thanks for their encouragements, wisdom, and support. Their smallest advice was a of a great importance to the research and the team. We are grateful to have them as mentors and tutors.

We want to express our gratitude to Imen Alnighaoui and Roland Gillah for keeping this project on point, overcoming challenges, and bringing joy and comfort in times of stress and uncertainties. With their cheerful attitude and optimistic demeaner, Imen and Roland were a team asset, and we consider ourselves fortunate to have them as coworkers and even more fortunate to have them as friends. Memories from our road trips to Kasserine and Tataouine, endless online meetings and unconventional debates about politics, economics, and youth in Tunisia not to mention late nights chat, analyzing ISIS latest addresses, sharing insights on terrorist groups and their latest attacks, will always bring us together.

Finally, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the research by supporting, encouraging, and assisting the team with a special note to Wathek Ltifi, Chourouk Amouri, Harrison Leon and Hamida Jridi.

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