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Relevance beyond the crisis: In the Middle East, more chaos or a glimmer of hope?

Many expected the coronavirus to spread rapidly throughout the Middle East, but save for Turkey and Iran, most countries in the region had the pandemic under control early on, thanks to aggressive containment measures. However, the drop in oil prices will be felt keenly in the area, potentially leading to renewed economic hardship – a situation that could ignite protests amid dispirited populations.

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