The Institute for Peace & Diplomacy (IPD) is pleased to announce our upcoming virtual panel “The Impact of COVID-19 on Security and Stability in the Middle East,” in partnership with The Defence and Security Foresight Group. This panel brings into conversation various perspectives on the security interdependence among Middle Eastern countries, especially GCC states, Iraq, and Iran and explores the opportunities and challenges that the COVID-19 outbreak has created for diplomacy and dialogue in the region.
Following the World Health Organization’s declaration of Coronavirus (COVID-19) as a global pandemic, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres appealed for a global cease-fire, calling on member states to “put armed conflict on lockdown and focus together on the true fight of our lives.”
The global pandemic is impacting the entire world but in vastly different ways. Countries in the Middle East are dealing with grave regional security, socio-economic and political crises while putting in place containment measures to do their parts in “flattening the curve”. The ongoing regional instability and security threats exacerbated by the public health crisis have brought about new opportunities and challenges for transnational humanitarian coordination and cooperation in the region during and in the aftermath of this pandemic.
In a rapidly changing security environment that continues to challenge the Euro-American centric international system, and with the evolving role of China and Russia in the Middle East, we aim to explore the ways in which the ongoing crises can be turned into a humanitarian opportunity by creating and facilitating effective channels for humanitarian trade both during and after Covid-19 pandemic.