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Webinar: The Impact of Covid-19 on the Health Status and Economies of the Middle East

The Covid-19 pandemic has threatened public health and upended economies around the globe. In the Middle East, the pandemic has exacerbated existing instabilities, leading to new questions about the region’s future. Mass protests in Lebanon are but one example. Another example is the dramatic, worldwide drop in oil prices that has challenged the strategic thinking of Gulf states whose economies are dependent on hydrocarbons. High numbers of reported Covid-19 cases in Turkey and the precarious health situation facing refugees from Syria also pose major regional challenges. Moreover, longstanding issues such as the Israeli-Palestinian conflict are made even more complicated as the coronavirus alters daily life and “facts on the ground.” At this webinar, a panel of experts analyzed the challenges facing the Middle East and answered questions from viewers.

This event was sponsored by the Baker Institute Center for the Middle East. Follow @BakerInstitute on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerMiddleEast.


1:00 p.m. — Presentation
1:40 p.m. — Q&A


Kelsey Norman, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East; Director, Women's Rights, Human Rights and Refugees Program

Gilead Sher
Isaac and Mildred Brochstein Fellow in Middle East Peace and Security in Honor of Yitzhak Rabin

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East

A.Kadir Yildirim, Ph.D.
Fellow for the Middle East


Colton Cox
Policy Assistant to the Director 


Tue, May 12, 2020
1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
(GMT-0500) US/Central


Online webinar