Hamza Meddeb


Qualifications: Ph.D INSTITUTE OF POLITICAL STUDIES/ SCIENCES PO, Paris, France Political Science Research master’s degree UNIVERSITY OF PARIS X -NANTERRE Paris, France Comparative Politics Bachelor’s Degree UNIVERSITY OF PARIS X -NANTERRE Paris, France Political Sciences Master’s Degree UNIVERSITY OF PARIS X -NANTERRE Paris, France International Economics and Analysis of Economic Policies HEC Diploma INSTITUT DES HAUTES ETUDES COMMERCIALES, IHEC Carthage Tunisia


Hamza Meddeb is assistant professor at MSB. He is also the Head of the SMU Research Center. He is a non-resident scholar at Carnegie Middle East Center where his research focuses on Tunisia's political, economic and security developments as well as the political economy of conflicts in North Africa. Before joining MSB, He was Research fellow at the European University Institute (Florence-Italy) between 2016 and 2019. Dr. Meddeb holds a PhD from Sciences Po Paris (2012) and a master's degree from University Paris X-Nanterre.

Areas of Expertise


L’Etat d’injustice au Maghreb.  Maroc et Tunisie  [State  of  injustice  in  the Maghreb.  Morocco and Tunisia] (co-authored with Béatrice  Hibou,  Irene  Bono  and  Mohamed  Tozy). Paris, Éditions Karthala, Collection Recherches Internationales, 2015. 

Le Pain et le Bey. La Tunisie par ses Marges. [Forthcoming, under contract with Karthala, Paris, France, to be published in September 2019]. 

Middle-East Law and Governance, Hegemony, Pawer and Truth in Post-Revolutionary Tunisia(co-editor of a special issue2-3, vol. 8, 2016 with Nadia Marzouki). 

Fostering inclusiveness: A New Roadmap for EU-Tunisia Relations and the Engagement with Civil Society”, in Emmanuel Cohen-Hadria (ed.), The EU-Tunisia privileged partnership-What Next? IEMed/EuroMesco, April 2018, pp.34-57, (co-authored with Silvia Colombo). Available online at: 

Smugglers, Tribes and Militias. The Rise of local forces in the Tunisian-Libyan border region”, in Luigi Narbone, Agnès Favier and Virginie Collombier (ed.), Inside Wars. Local dynamics of conflicts in Syria and Libya, EUI, RSCAS, MEDirections Program E-Book, 2016, pp.38-43. Available online at: 

La révolte des contrebandiers dans la région frontalière de Ben Guerdane en août 2010 [The Revolt of smugglers in Ber Guerdane Region of Tunisia]», in Amin Allal et Thomas Pierret (dir.), Au coeur des révoltes arabes. Devenir révolutionnaires, Armand Collin, 2013, p. 261-262. 

Russia in Libya. Opportunism as a Strategy. Carnegie Diwan, November 2018.Available online at: 

Precarious Resilience. Tunisia’s Libyan predicament, MENARA FutureNotes, N°5, April 2017, Available online at: 

Why painful economic reforms are less risky in Tunisia than Egypt, Carnegie Middle East Center, March 2017 (co-authored with Amr Adly). Available online at: 

Peripheral Vision. How Europe can help preserve Tunisia’s fragile democracy, ECFR Policy Memo, January 2017. Available online at:                                               The Struggle for meanings and power in Tunisia after the Revolution, Middle East Law and Governance, vol 8, issue 2-3, December 2016, pp. 119-130 (co-authored with Nadia Marzouki). 

Tunisia, A Conservative Revolution?Policy Brief, Middle East Directions Program, EUI, November 2016 (co-authored with Nadia Marzouki). Available online at: 

Market for Jihad. Radicalization in Tunisia. Carnegie Paper, October 2015 (co-authored with Georges Fahmi).Available online at: 

Conscription Reform will shape Tunisia's Civil-Military Relations. Carnegie article, October 2015.Available online at: 

The Streets, the ballot box and the consensus: High-stakes elections in Tunisia, NOREF, October 2014. Available online at: 

L’ambivalence de la ‘course à el khobza’. Obéir et se révolter en Tunisie, Politique Africaine, n°121, 2011, p. 35-52 (peer-reviewed). The article has been translated to Italian: L'ambivalenza della corsa al pane. Obbeddire e ribellarsi in Tunisia, Twai(Torino WorldAffairs Institute),n°3, 2011. Available online at: 

Quand le régime du ‘changement’ prône la ‘stabilité’. Mots et trajectoire de développement en Tunisie [When theregime of « the change » claims for « stability ». Words and trajectoryof development in Tunisia], RevueTiers Monde 200, 2009/2, p. 821-835 (peer-reviewed). 

Religion and Politics. Religious diversity, Political fragmentation and geopolitical tensions in the MENA Region, MENARA H2020 (EU funded project), December 2017, Report coordinator and co-author with Olivier Roy, Silvia Colombo, Lorenzo Kamel, Katerina Dalacoura.Available online at: 

Young people and smuggling in the Kasserine region of Tunisia, International Alert, May 2015. Available online at: 

The political and moral economy of corruption in Tunisia, Report within anEU project entitled “Anti-corruption policies revisited”, October 2013. 

La démographie de la justicesociale en Tunisie [The demography of social justice in Tunisia], Report for the French Development Agency (AFD), October 2013. 

La Tunisie, pays émergent? [Tunisia, an emergent country?]Sociétés politiques comparées, n°29, 2010.Available online at: 

La révolution tunisienne vue des régions. Néolibéralisme et trajectoire de la formation asymétrique de l’État tunisien [The Tunisian revolution seen from the regions. Neoliberalism and trajectory of the Tunisian asymmetric State formation], Fonds d’Analyse des Sociétés Politiques (FASOPO) and Agence Française de développement (AFD),2012, (with Jean-François Bayart and Béatrice Hibou). 

Tunisia after January 14th and its political and social economy. The issues at stake in a reconfiguration of European policy, Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (REMDH) and Fonds d’Analyse des Sociétés Politiques (FASOPO), 2011, (with Béatrice Hibou and Mohamed Hamdi). Available online at: 

  • Geopolitics of North Africa
  • Introduction to Political Science
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