Elizabeth Dickinson is a journalist. She has served as assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine in Washington D.C. and Nigeria correspondent for The Economist, reporting from five continents. In addition, her writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic, the New York Times, The New Republic, IRIN News, AllAfrica.com, the International Herald Tribune, Newsweek International, The National, and the Mail and Guardian. She is regularly a guest on NPR affiliate stations, the BBC, ABC News, France24, Sirius XM radio, and Washington's WTOP.
Dickinson previously held internships with the Wall Street Journal in Brussels and the New York Times' West Africa bureau in Dakar. She speaks French, Spanish, Krio, and enough Yoruba for party tricks. An avid runner, Elizabeth holds a B.A. in African and International Studies from Yale University. She is based out of her suitcase.
Part 1 in a 3-part series on the elections in Tunisia.Part 2: Tunisia's Women Demand Equal RightsPart 3: Tunisia's Politics: Finally Free to Chat TUNIS— By the time Tunisian President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali fled office on January 14, 2011, after 24 years in power, even the country’s music had become polluted by autocracy. To survive, artists had to go along with the status quo; to prosper, they often had to participate in it, playing gigs for the regime or its supporters. Those who wished to remain independent—let alone to criticize—went either abroad or underground. Even when freedom came, the artists who had long called for it remained hidden.
It is with great pleasure that I am writing to you as the editor of the InterDependent, a publication with a long and unparalleled history of covering the United Nations. Over the coming months I look forward to continuing and expanding that reportage, bringing new eyes and ears to many of the places where the U.N. is working.