The rights of the displaced must be taken seriously and placed at the heart of the future political solution. It is impossible to consider any of the currently ongoing elements of the political process without addressing one key issue–creating a safe environment for a voluntary and dignified return of the displaced.
As countries continue to respond to the pandemic’s spread, it is critical that governments recognize the domestic and international legal obligations that remain incumbent upon them in this moment.
Chronic food insecurity, unemployment, rampant discrimination, and uncertainty about the future, exacerbated by Lebanon’s deteriorating economic and financial situation, have added significant stress on Lebanon’s refugee population and the humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations aiming to support them.
Tunisia may not have the same resources as other nations, yet the small country proved that stringent quarantine measures, social responsibility, and a comprehensive government approach were key to its success against the spread of the virus.
Targeted digital attacks throughout the Middle East have evolved considerably over the past decade. New tools and attack vectors have dramatically increased in sophistication, while underlying political dynamics of attacks
One week before the Egyptian government eased restrictions that had been put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly blamed the absence of “a number of doctors” from their posts at hospitals as the reason for the recent surge in the number of coronavirus fatalities.
The mere passage of anti-corruption legislations therefore may not be adequate when effective implementation of these laws is up in the air.
A comprehensive multisectoral strategy is required as the spread of COVID-19 seriously threatens populations across the country.
Relative to other countries in the region, Syria is exceptionally unprepared to manage the potential of a COVID-19 outbreak. Even before the beginning of the conflict in 2011, Syria’s healthcare infrastructure, including the national health system’s capacity to prepare and respond to outbreaks, was considered below average in comparison to other MENA countries.
No country in the world will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic unscathed. As states and societies learn how to manage the virus and implement regulations to slow its spread, they must also devise policies to mitigate the economic impact of the crisis–an impact that has yet to be fully estimated.