The coronavirus continues to represent a significant danger to an already fragile Gaza Strip. So far, infection rates remain low – thanks in large part to concerted efforts by local authorities and international organisations. But the biggest challenge may still be to come as the virus threatens to exasperate a manmade socio-economic and humanitarian crisis. For Hamas, this will require it to balance its competing roles as both resistance movement and de facto government of the Strip.
Both de jure and de facto, authorities in Libya will have to cope with the pandemic threat posed by COVID-19. The narrative of securitization that has characterized the public health response worldwide – particularly in the MENA region – is already being used by Libya’s competing dysfunctional governments.
Last year was a crucial year for Algeria. This year could be the year of constructing a new Algeria thanks to the rediscovery of an active citizenship and political engagement by a large part of society and to the efforts made by the new president, Abdelajid Tebboune, to find a way to political legitimization far from military control.
Amid the global turmoil caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan looked resilient in combating the virus outbreak. Jordan adopted harsh measures for the population and the economy with an unwavering intent to eliminate the virus. However, despite the proven efficiency of those measures in containing the virus, their economic impacts are still hard to fathom. These economic impacts show that Jordan’s real battle with the virus is not only on the health front but also on the economic front as well.
As Lebanon descended into its long-overdue economic and political crisis on the eve of October 17, 2019, the country’s confessional model and its rentier economy were breathing their last.
While some may have initially underestimated the potentially disastrous effects of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, presuming that vulnerable people such as refugees would have more serious issues to deal with than a bad flu, the new coronavirus turns out to be an uncomfortable litmus test for the current state of aid in crisis-hit areas.
The spread of Covid-19 has not spared the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), all of which are to varying degrees engaged in the fight against the new, common enemy.
The coronavirus – officially known as COVID-19 – crisis has escalated dramatically over the past few weeks, in a way that has shocked billions of people, and taken many politicians around the world by surprise.The economic repercussions of this crisis have plunged the global oil and stock markets to record lows, while the measures taken by governments and central banks to contain the situation were unprecedented.
Probably not even Nassim Nicholas Taleb in person could have imagined a better example of a black swan. COVID-19 is “the non-predictable” event par excellence, with non-predictable developments and non-predictable outcomes. Even people like us, who for a living formulate everyday analyses and forecasts about present and future events, cannot even begin to outline credible hypotheses about the very communities we live in.
It's been almost a decade into a devastating war that displaced two thirds of the population, hundreds of thousands of whom barely survive in makeshift, chaotic camps. Syrians had barely come to terms with the latest regime attacks on the north-western Idlib province, which made over 60 health facilities inoperable and displaced over 1 million civilians.