Monthly Archives: November 2020

Infected: The impact of the coronavirus on the Middle East and north Africa

The Levant
Already crippled by conflict, as well as political and economic crises, the countries of the Levant – and, above all, the millions of people inhabiting overcrowded and unsanitary refugee camps there – are soon likely to face a brutal confrontation with the coronavirus. While the number of confirmed cases remains low for the moment, the virus seems certain to spread widely in the region, because of the strong links that Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon have with Iran, and because these countries lack the state capacity to contain the disease. Continue reading

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Iranian cyber-activities in the context of regional rivalries and international tensions

Iran as a regional power plays a significant role in the Middle East. The Islamic Republic has geostrategic importance because of its proximity to the Strait of Hormuz, and its history, religion, culture and language differentiate it from the other countries in the Middle East and more specifically from Saudi Arabia, its regional rival. Continue reading

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America has a golden opportunity to forge a more stable Middle East – Stephen Horenstein

The normalisation deals between the UAE, Bahrain and Israel has created a more stable platform for the region’s like-minded countries to cooperate against Iranian and Turkish backed aggression, in the form of violent proxies such as Hezbollah and Hamas. Continue reading

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