Tunisia has been regarded as the "role model" for peaceful transition in the Arab Spring. And, as is noted in the title of the Council’s upcoming program, it is “Open for Business.”
His Excellency Fayçal Gouia, the Ambassador of Tunisia to the United States, the Council's Wednesday, May 17, guest speaker, cites several reasons the nation was undisturbed during the Arab Spring challenges. Among them, the Ambassador says, Tunisia's "deep roots in civilization," its patriotic and nationalist political class, the emancipated Tunisian women and the educated Tunisians.
His assessment of Tunisia’s “role model” efforts after Arab Spring is outlined in his Voice of America interview
, posted online on in April.
Ambassador Gouia has been in his current position since May 18, 2015, when U.S. President Barack Obama accepted his credentials. This is the second time Ambassador Gouia has been posted to the Tunisian Embassy in Washington.
As his biography notes, "Ambassador Gouia’s assignments to the Tunisian Embassy in Washington began in 1995 as Cultural and Press Counselor, then went on to be its Economic and Commercial Counselor in 1997 as its Deputy Chief of Mission in 1999."
His career in government service began in 1984 when he became head of the International Relations Department of Tunisia's Ministry of Women and Family Affairs. He left government service for two years to return to the National School of Administration in Tunis and earn an advanced master's degree. He also attended the National Defense University in the U.S., the National Defense Institute in Tunis and the Bourguiba Language Institute of Tunis. (The Ambassador speaks Arabic, English and French.)
When he returned to government service in 1989, it was as Head of the Budget Management Division at the Ministry of Finance. After that post, he moved to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, first as Deputy Director for South Asia and later as Director for the Americas.
Ambassador Gouia received his first ambassadorial assignment beginning in 2006 in Jakarta, Indonesia. He was accredited to Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and, beginning in 2007, also to Malaysia and Brunei.
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