The Tunisian constitution-making process as a role model for Lebanon?

Tunisia has served as a model example for constitutional change in the MENA region. After the Jasmine Revolution had become the first protest movement of the Arab Spring to overthrow a government, initial divisions in the Tunisian constitution-making process were overcome by an inclusive mediation approach of civil society organizations. Lebanon constitutes the latest example of revolutionary endeavors. The country struggles with old sectarian elites, the lack of participation, institutional deadlocks, and the current fall into financial crisis. The protesters on the streets demand the abolition of the sectarian system and a constitutional transition to a more democratic system. The paper will explore the links between the Tunisian preconditions of constitutional change and the political and social status quo in Lebanon to identify lessons-learned and to describe the extent of a possible role model function of the Tunisian constitution-making process for Lebanon.