USA Tunisia Youth Debates

This March, I'll be traveling to Tunisia as one of 15 American Delegates to the 2012 USA Youth Debates. Our State Department-sponsored program (thank you to all my tax-paying, American readers) has led debate conferences in Cuba, Denmark, France, and other countries over the past two decades. It aims to promote debate around foreign policy while fostering connections between American students and their international counterparts. I'll be using this forum to document my preparations and travels.

Location

Tunis
Tunisia
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    Sarah Forman | April 1st, 2012
    Included in this blog post is some video I took at a protest last Sunday morning on Bourguiba Avenue Avenue. It was on this street that Tunisians famously convinced Ben Ali to "degage" 14 months ago. According to a decision made by Tunisia's...
  • Sarah Forman | March 27th, 2012
    For our final debate on Friday, we joined students at the Tunis Business School. For the first time, we had the chance to explore a free, public institution, and it was quite different from the private schools where we spent our first two debates....
  • Sarah Forman | March 27th, 2012
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    Sarah Forman | March 21st, 2012
    I had a rather exhausting first day in Tunis (which fortuitously overlapped with Independence Day). We landed in Tunis Tuesday morning, and had a quick and easy trip through customs, as the officer seemed more interested in gossiping about a poorly...
  • Sarah Forman | March 20th, 2012
    Early Monday morning, my Tunisian-American roommate for the night pulled out her headphones to give me an update from the BBC podcast she follows: "There was a school shooting in France." She went on to explain that three children and a Rabbi were...
  • Sarah Forman | March 17th, 2012
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