The Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (2015 Laureates) 

Dialogue in Divided Societies 


. . . Tunisians shouted with one voice, “The people want” … “The people want the right to liberty” … “The people want the right to dignity” … “The people want the right to work”.

— Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet Nobel Lecture


In honoring the work of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet, this year’s forum will engage participants in the difficult work of dialogue across lines of difference on a range of contentious issues—from democracy and stability in the Middle East and North Africa, to gun violence reduction in the U.S., police-community relations, and climate change and energy policy.  The event will be focused on action and results.  Through a series of high-level dialogue sessions, practitioners, stakeholders, and decision-makers will meet to advance work on issues such as job creation, peace education, and police-community relations.

The Tunisian case draws our attention to the ways in which business, labor, human rights, and law can work together to build a just and sustainable social order.  We will want to learn more about the work they did—what has come to be called the “Tunisian method.”  What were the salient issues? What were the obstacles, and how did they surmount these?  A central part of their work was constitution writing, a form of inclusive “peace by design” and the constitutional moment that defined the Tunisian Model for peacemaking, and we will examine that aspect of their work as well.

Over the course of those four days, the activities of participants will seek three main goals: first, a better understanding of the “Tunisian method” and its implications for conflict resolution in other settings; second, the global challenge of creating an inclusive and equitable economy (currently a high priority for Tunisia, but truly a global issue); and third the work of arms control and disarmament in the context of our cities and local communities.  In each of these main goals we will draw on the inspiring example and lessons of the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet (NDQ).

  • Hassine Abassi of the Tunisian General Labor Union
  • Mohamed Fadhel Mahfoudh of the Tunisian Order of Lawyers
  • Abdessattar Ben Moussa of the Tunisian Human Rights League
  • Ouided Bouchamaoui of the Tunisian Confederation of Industry, Trade and Handicrafts


The 2017 Forum dates are September 15 and 16, 2017