A member of Tunisia's special forces inspects the beach of the Imperial Marhaba resort in Sousse, Tunisia, June 29, 2015.
Zohra Bensemra / Reuters

As the Tunisian coast stretches north, it reaches for Italy before making a left turn toward Algeria. It is home to the white beaches of Djerba, Sfax, Sousse, Hammamet, and Tunis, and their beauty once made me think that nothing could ever disturb their calm. Then, on June 26, a gunman opened fire at a beach resort in Port El Kantaoui, just outside of Sousse, in a slaughter that reflects the cruel trademark of the Islamic State (also known as ISIS); the gunman is said to have trained with the terrorists who attacked the National Bardo Museum in Tunis on March 18. Now, the beaches are emptying as foreigners and locals alike begin to question whether calm will ever return to Tunisia.

A year ago, I traveled to Tunisia to visit my family in Hammamet, an hour drive north of Sousse. This town, once the favorite summer holiday spot of ousted president

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  • ABRAHAM CHAIBI is an analyst at Analytics Operations Engineering in Boston. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has previously written for International Policy Digest, the Politics in Spires blog, and Princeton’s American Foreign Policy magazine.
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