Abdessalem served as Tunisia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2011 to 2014. He is a member of the Ennahda Movement. Abdessalem founded the Maghreb Center for Research and Translation, and chaired the London Platform for Dialogue. He was also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.Last updated on 12.03.2015
„It is not up to the state to impose a religion.“
With two upcoming elections, Tunisia’s young democracy will be put to the test. Florian Guckelsberger and Lars Mensel sat down with the country’s former Minister for Foreign Affairs, Rafik Abdessalem, to discuss the need for demonstrations, the West’s preference for business as usual, and the burden of high expectations.