American Univesity of Beirut

The Effect of COVID-19 on Regional Security

​​​​This OpEd is part of the Issam Fares Institute opinion articles series published weekly. This article is​ written​​ by Dania Koleilat Khatib, Visiting Scholar at the AUB Issam Fares Institute.

The COVID-19 undoubtedly has an effect on the situation in the region, and by extension, on international and regional relations. With each country scrambling to contain the pandemic, foreign policy becomes a second priority. Syria, Russia, and Turkey seem to have refrained from fighting for the time being. Lebanon’s grim social and economic situation is compounded by the virus. Both Iraq and Iran’s economies are close to a collapse while the Turkish economy is about to shrink for the first time in a decade. Iran has been more aggressive in Iraq as it sees in it an opportunity to drive the US out of the country.

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