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Conflict, Peace, & Covid-19 in the Middle East
February 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
How is Covid-19 affecting political and social trust and cohesion in the Middle East, and how are local actors responding to the pandemic?
This event will offer insights into how Covid-19 is affecting peace and conflict trends in the Middle East, particularly around issues of trust and social cohesion and how local actors are shaping the response to the pandemic. Panellists will discuss their research in the following areas:
- Syria and Iraq: Dr Juline Beaujouan will examine how the pandemic has affected political trust and social cohesion in northwest Syria and the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.
- Yemen: Robert Wilson and Raiman Al-Hamdani will offer early insights into how local actors in Yemen appear to be responding to Covid-19; examining how security actors are enforcing Covid measures in Taiz, and the societal perceptions of these measures.
Yemen Policy Center, supported by their donors, the German Foreign Ministry, have led on the research for part 1; examining security actors in Taiz and Covid-19 enforcement measures, with Yemen Polling Center collecting the data in-country.
Dr Juline Beaujouan is a Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Research Programme. She is also a board member and senior researcher at Open Think Tank.
Robert Wilson is a Research Associate at the University of Edinburgh’s Political Settlements Research Programme.
Dr Amjed Rasheed (event chair) is a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Political Science Institute (IfP) at Tübingen University. He is also a board member and senior researcher at Open Think Tank.
The event will consist of a panel discussion followed by an opportunity for questions from the audience.
The event will be held on Zoom. Register now.
This event is part of PSRP’s Peace Talks webinar series, which will run from October 2020 – March 2021.