Public Affairs Section

The Public Affairs Section explains and advocates U.S. foreign policy, American culture, and society while promoting dialogue between the U.S. and Tunisia through a variety of educational exchange programs, media relations, cultural activities, and English language training support.

Principal staff in the Public Affairs Section:

  • Erica Thibault, Counselor for Public Affairs
  • Mary K. Fanous, Information Officer
  • Dmitri Tarakhovsky, Cultural Affairs Officer
  • Sarah Bedrouni, Cultural Affairs Officer Assistant

Press Office

This section is the official embassy representative to local media contacts.  It disseminates and provides official information on U.S. foreign policy.  Its focus is to facilitate and make clear to media contacts the US government foreign policy strategy in the region and particularly in Tunisia, which comes under the mission goals to maintain and strengthen ties and reinforce our bilateral cooperation in all fields. (Read more)

American Spaces

The American Spaces in Tunisia provide welcoming environments where visitors can connect and learn about the United States through various programs, as well as through movies, books, and magazines. Hosted in Amideast Tunis and Sousse, the two American Spaces in Tunisia are platforms for providing information and engagement through activities such as:

  • Educational advising for those who want to study in the U.S.,
  • Workshops on a range of topics from career skills to English language learning,
  • Classes and clubs introducing new technologies, 21st century digital skills, and academic resources,
  • Films, discussions, and lectures on entrepreneurship, leadership, current events, American culture, and much more.

Visit us at one of the Spaces below to learn more!

Exchange Programs

The U.S. embassy in Tunisia sponsors a wide array of exchange programs for students, professionals, artists, and others. These exchanges strengthen the U.S.-Tunisian relationship by building the skills of participants and fostering positive engagement between Tunisians and Americans.

Cultural Activities

The U.S. embassy offers cultural activities that promote mutual understanding between Tunisians and Americans and build tied between Tunisian and American cultural organizations.  Our cultural engagement reaches musicians, filmmakers, visual artists, dancers, athletes, and others and includes American participation in Tunisian cultural festivals.

English Language Teaching & Learning

The English Language (EL) Team supports high-quality, interactive English language teaching and learning programs throughout Tunisia, in cooperation with the Regional English Language Officer based on Rabat.  The ELT Team collaborates with English language professionals from the Ministry of Education, English teacher associations, and other partners to provide high quality professional development opportunities, and offers a variety of educational exchange programs for English teachers, teacher trainers, and students.  To learn more about bringing a Tunisian class to the U.S. Embassy for a school visit, resources including student and teacher training materials, or anything else related to English language teaching and learning contact TunisELprograms@state.gov.  (Read more)

Exchange Program Alumni

The U.S. Embassy in Tunis sponsors a variety of international exchange programs each year in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  These exchanges are designed to enhance mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and Tunisia.  The U.S. Department of State is committed to supporting alumni by providing resources that will help them to build upon their exchange experience. (Read more)