"Reconciling political Islam and democracy: illusion or reality?”
 The debate poses the question that seems to be on everyone’s minds, as the Arab Spring continues to develop in Europe’s southern neighbourhood.
 Two leaders in civil society from Tunisia – the birthplace of the Arab Spring – have agreed to debate this question at 3 pm on Thursday 7 November.

Saida Ounissi regularly writes for The Huffington Post and has been featured on political talk shows on France24 to assess issues faced by Arab Spring countries. She will argue that such reconciliation is reality. She is currently in the first year of a PhD programme at the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris.

Faza Zouaoui Skandrani is an author and freelance journalist and a leading women’s rights advocate in Tunisia, who has been also widely interviewed by the media for her views on the Arab Spring. She was instrumental in launching the campaign “No to political violence against women in the Arab World” this year and will argue that such reconciliation is an illusion.

Each debater will start with a five minute explanation of her point of view. They will then take questions from a panel of international journalists, including
Isabelle Mandraud of Le Monde, Farah Samti of Tunisia Live, Paul Schemm of the Associated Press, Zoe Williams of The Guardian.