The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded today to the National Dialogue Quartet in Tunisia for "its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011," said Nobel Committee Chairwoman Kaci Kullmann Five.
In 2010, a street vendor set himself on fire, sparking an uprising that toppled the country's authoritarian president. It also sparked the political upheaval that swept the Middle Eastern region and became known as the Arab Spring.
The quartet is made up of labor union and business leaders, human rights lawyers and activists. William Lawrence of the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy joins Here &Now's Robin Young.
- William Lawrence, director of Middle East and North Africa programs at the Center for the Study of Islam and Democracy in Washington, D.C.
This segment aired on October 9, 2015.