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Will it take a virus to remind us of our common humanity?

- By Paul Salem, President of the Middle East Institute

The coronavirus crisis in the Middle East is in its early stages, and looks set to have devastating humanitarian and economic costs. Deaths could rise into the millions, and economic contraction could be in the double digits.

The pandemic risks pushing more precarious countries toward collapse, exacerbating civil wars, generating more refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs), and escalating regional conflict.

Alternatively, the crisis could and should serve as a wake-up call to regional leaders, to look beyond narrow regime and geopolitical interests, and beyond political or sectarian agendas. Unless regional states act urgently and in a coordinated fashion, this could be the worst crisis in modern Middle Eastern history.

It is sad that it should take a virus to remind us of our common humanity, our shared risks and opportunities, and the need to work together, not against each other... more 

(mei.edu)


 
 
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