In the response to the pandemic, Sisi’s security dominated government has focused on spreading misinformation, propaganda, and repression rather addressing the health crisis.
Rather than eradicating a jihadist threat, the Egyptian Armed Forces strategy in North Sinai has aimed at containment, perpetuating a decade-old conflict.
Sisi’s government is instrumentalizing the coronavirus pandemic to pass new amendments related to Egypt’s emergency law, only expanding the military’s legal authority nationwide.
Saudi Arabia’s economic hurdles also pose as opportunities as the country prepares for a post-pandemic world.
Economic shocks arising from the pandemic and collapsing oil markets expose Iraq’s fragile governance and food insecurity.
The coalition agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz has resulted in several changes to Israel’s quasi-constitution, raising fears about democratic backsliding.
The shifting relationships between armies and civil society are revealing new balances within defense structures.
A renewed NATO-Middle East cooperation can strengthen the security architecture of the Middle East.
The coronavirus pandemic and its by-products are pushing Lebanon into a new phase of instability.
Tunisia’s economic fallout from a coronavirus outbreak and the rise of unemployment claims will further compound social and regional inequalities across the country.
Initial measures from the Moroccan government may have curbed the spread of a viral outbreak for now, but unsustainable policies risk aggravating social precarity and establishing new authoritarian norms.