Tunisia Security Update-(3 Weeks Ahead)

Greetings Expats,

While everyone is celebrating the so called “breakthrough“, I would just like to point out that the situation is far from being resolved.  In fact, the political/economical/social situation in Tunisia is perhaps more fragile than ever.

Here’s what I am saying:  It’s great that the political stalemate appears to have come to an end, but this does not mean that it will be a smooth transition.  

Next 3-weeks

According to various accounts, Ennahda is to “hand over power to an independent caretaker government that will lead the country through elections in the spring”. The very influential UGTT (union), is set to coordinate three weeks for talks on a new government.  Also part of deal has the National Constituent Assembly finishing the new constitution.  What could possibly go wrong?

Make no mistake about it…if the Tunisian government manages to accomplish this very admirable goal they will not only make history but also give the world a shining example of democracy in action.

In the meantime…let’s stay connected, informed, and prepared.

Tunisia Security UpdateIntro Video


TS Update-(Personal Security Review)

Greetings Expats,

I wanted to share a  security update with you as the level of activity is picking back up.  I recently had a conversation with one of my favorite local contacts.  This man is calm, confident, and always on point with his analysis.  He said “we’ll have some challenges ahead…inshallah lebes”

As soon as he said those words I offered him a seat and a warm cup of coffee.  For the next 30 minutes he explained the possible risks ahead and his personal security forecast.

Challenges Ahead 

The stormy forecast comes from (3) main factors:

1.  UGTT announcement:  “We have decided to activate all forms of peaceful civilian protest in all sectors,” added the powerful union confederation, which boasts some 500,000 members and is capable of bringing the country to a standstill.

2.  Political breakdown:  Ennahda had initially accepted that it would step down under the proposal but has resisted pressure it resign immediately and has expressed reservations that it said would need to be discussed during the planned negotiations.

3.  All of the above:  Economy, secular/Islamist divide, general discontent, etc.

Expat Preparedness

As Expats we have to be proactive about our security posture.  Considering the challenges in Tunisia, we have been very fortunate over the last few months in terms of stability.

Now is a great time to review your security setup and ensure you have the following pieces in order:

  • Information flow:  You are tuned into what’s going on…Electronic & Community based…(if you are reading this article chances are that you are well-informed)
  • Personal Security (Situational Awareness):  Remember to vary your routes…change your routines…and connect with your community (expats & locals).

Feel free to email me for a detailed personal security checklist:


TS Update-(Personal Security…how strong is your posture?)

Greetings Expats,

I wanted to share (2) stories which highlight the importance of maintaining a strong security posture.  This is a fancy term which covers (3) basic principles Community, Informational, and Situational Awareness.  

3 Questions to help you assess the strength of your security posture 

  • Community…are you engaged with your community? 
  • Informational….do you have access to a good stream of information? 
  • Situational…are you paying attention to what’s happening around you?

Alright…now that you’ve reviewed your security posture…let’s look at the 2 stories.  Remember that information is just information and the media tends to exaggerate but it’s still worth noting.  

The list:  According to this article, officials received a list and the fact that they have made it public is concerning.

Need for Strong Security Posture
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Today’s action:  According to this article, “counterterrorism forces have killed four militants outside the capital of Tunis after an intense gun battle.”

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Informed & Engaged

As we all know Tunisia is going through a challenging period but with the right mindset, tools, and attitude we can continue to live & enjoy it.  

Feel free to share your security updates…and let’s stay connected.  


TS Update-(Sep. 7th…Weekend Outlook)

Greetings Expats,

I wanted to share a few updates as you make your weekend plans because there’s no better way to have a good weekend than to be well-informed of the current security situation.  

Weekend Awareness-Saturday, September 7th

Various groups have called for a rally on Saturday, September 7th, to mark 40 days since the assassination of Mr. Mohamed Brahmi.  As with previous similar significant dates, many groups are claiming that it will be a decisive day and extra security precaution is advised.  

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Situational Awareness

As always the places to be extra vigilant are:  Downtown Tunis, Bardo, Kasbah, government buildings to include police stations and Ennahda party offices. Also note that there will be similar rallies all throughout the country supporting this occasion.

Situational awareness is not about being paranoid, it’s about being aware of your your surroundings and engaged with your activities.

Additionally, It is important that you remain aware that certain events have the potential to significantly alter the security situation in Tunisia.

That’s it from my side…as always thank you for your feedback…and let’s keep sharing practical & relevant security information.  Feel free to join the discussion on Facebook as last week over 1,000 visitors made their way over to the Tunisia Security Update Facebook Page.

Have a safe weekend.

TSU Audio Update-(September Challenges)

Greetings Expats,

I wanted to share with you this audio update which focuses on the month of September and various security challenges ahead.

As always I appreciate all your feedback and emails so keep the comments & information coming.  Feel free to click on the links below to read the articles covered in the audio post.

5-minute Audio Update

Articles cited in presentation

Fledgling democracy could survive in crisis-hit Tunisia

Tunisia Opposed to Any Military Intervention in Syria (FM)