The Coronavirus in the Middle East: State and Society in a Time of Crisis

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This collection of essays, published by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung in collaboration with the Moshe Dayan Center (MDC), focuses on how states and societies absorbed the coronavirus shock as the first wave spread through the Middle East, from February through April 2020. It offers a critical examination of how several different Middle East countries have coped with the crisis. This publication is not intended to be comprehensive or definitive, but rather representative and preliminary. Each of these essays draw on some combination of official government data, traditional local and international media, as well as social media, to provide a provisional picture of the interplay between state and society in the initial response to the crisis.


Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: The Coronavirus Crisis in the Middle East - Brandon Friedman
  2. Jordan “Wages Siege Warfare” Against the Coronavirus - Joshua Krasna
  3. The GCC States and the Coronavirus: Between “Coronaphobia” and Economic Shock - Uzi Rabi
  4. The Palestinians and the Coronavirus: Between Cooperation and Escalation – Michael Milshtein
  5. Arab Society in Israel and the Coronavirus - Arik Rudnitzky
  6. Iran and the Coronavirus: From Denial to National Mobilization - Liora Hendelman-Baavur
  7. The Coronavirus in Lebanon: A Crisis? - Joel D. Parker
  8. Turkey’s Struggle with the Coronavirus - Hay Eytan Cohen Yanarocak
  9. Egypt and the Coronavirus: A Fragile Stability - Michael Barak
  10. Sunni Jihadists and the Coronavirus: Staying the Course - Adam Hoffman


Read the full publication here.