Lang, Johannes

Johannes Lang studied political science at Harvard University with a focus on the comparative politics of democratization. After leaving Harvard, he went on to work at Schmidt Futures, where he helped conduct research for Fareed Zakaria. His first book, originally published as an undergraduate thesis, received the Eric Firth Prize for the best essay on the subject of the ideals of democracy.

The Tunisian Transition, 2011-2014: How an Islamist Party Helped Save Democracy
2022 1-4955-0957-5
From the Introduction:
"As coups go, this was a very quiet one. On July 25, 2021, Tunisian President Kais Saied spoke to the Tunisian people in what sounded like a legal lecture rather than a rousing speech. In his signature monotone cadence and archaic manner of speech, the former constitutional law professor announced his intention to dismiss the prime minister and rule by executive decree. Parliament was suspended until December 2022. Saied's government revoked the immunity of Tunisia's lawmakers, placed various officials under house arrest, and ordered the arrest of ex-president Moncef Marzouki. As jubilant Tunisians gathered to celebrate the president's decisive action, others mourned what seemed like the beginning of the end of the only remaining democracy to have emerged from the Arab Spring." (Pg. 1)

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