Leo Siebert is USIP’s Tunisia country manager. In this role he oversees design, implementation, and evaluation of USIP’s programs in Tunisia which include community policing and security sector reform, preventing violent extremism, inclusive governance, decentralization support, and synergizing nonviolent action and peacebuilding approaches.

Prior to USIP, Leo worked with the International Republican Institute (IRI) as the Washington-based Tunisia program manager and then as resident program officer in Tunisia. In these roles, he worked closely with political parties, civic organizations, and government to implement programs that strengthened democratic governance, civic education, election observation, and public opinion survey research. Leo has also worked on post-conflict governance programs in Nigeria, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire, and Zimbabwe.

Before joining USIP, he was a Tunisia-based consultant working with numerous international organizations on security sector reform, human rights, civic education, elections, monitoring and evaluation, and governance. Leo holds a bachelor’s degree from George Mason University in government and international relations with a concentration in comparative politics.

Publications By Leo

Tunisia’s Split Parliamentary Vote Could Force Unconventional Alliances

Tunisia’s Split Parliamentary Vote Could Force Unconventional Alliances

Thursday, October 10, 2019

By: Leo Siebert

Tunisia’s busy election season continued October 6 with parliamentary elections, the country’s third legislative vote since the 2011 uprising that ousted longtime dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Only a few weeks ago, voters went to the polls for first-round presidential elections. The results of that vote demonstrated Tunisians’ disenchantment with the ruling establishment. This past Sunday’s vote saw a host of new parties and movements voted into parliament, further complicating the formation of a new government. USIP’s Leo Siebert discusses who could form a ruling coalition and how the parliamentary elections could impact the second-round presidential polls on October 13.

Type: Analysis and Commentary

Democracy & Governance

Leo Siebert on Tunisia’s Presidential Elections

Leo Siebert on Tunisia’s Presidential Elections

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

By: Leo Siebert

Last week, Tunisians voted for “a wholesale dismissal of everyone who’s governed before” in the first round of presidential elections, said USIP’s Leo Siebert. And with parliamentary and runoff elections upcoming, a string of free and fair elections could help Tunisia “prove to the world, and be a model to its neighbors, that democracy is possible.”

Type: Podcast

Democracy & Governance

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