Ispi Dossier_Covid-19 in the MENA Region: What Impact on Non-State Actors?

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Although the MENA region has recorded fewer coronavirus cases than other parts of the world, the pandemic adds further strain on a region racked by instability, conflicts and structural weaknesses. In fragile e and war-torn countries like Yemen, Libya, Syria or Iraq, the pandemic is also affecting the role and interests of local non-state actors, raising questions about their actions to tackle the virus, as well as their strategies to influence domestic dynamics in times of COVID-19. How are sub-state armed groups in the MENA's most fragile countries reacting to the current crisis? How do they interact with other internal and external actors? Is this pandemic an opportunity for non-state players  to further extend their influence?









Coronavirus in Libya: The Contagion of Instability


Emadeddin Badi

Atlantic Council





How Yemen's Houthis Differ From Shia Militias in Dealing With Covid-19

Eleonora Ardemagni

ISPI and Catholic University of Milan



Coronavirus in Iraq: Shia Militias Looking for Legitimacy

Ranj Alaaldin

Brookings Doha Center



Edited by

Francesco Salesio Schiavi, ISPI MENA Centre

Valeria Talbot, Co-Head ISPI MENA Centre