COVID, poverty, chaos and meddling neighbours

This Middle East Analysis podcast takes our resident regional analyst, international lawyer Dr Harry Hagopian, around not just the Middle East but also North Africa.

We start with a coronavirus update discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the MENA region and the Arab world.

Then on to our sweep of country realities. Firstly it’s the chaos and economic meltdown plaguing Lebanon – the beautiful land of cedars. A third of the population suffer below the poverty line, with daily power cuts, a lack of safe drinking water and limited healthcare. Why and what next?

On to Jordan, and in particular its relations with Israel and Palestine. Prime Minister Omar Razzaz made interesting comments on potential support for a One State solution – controversial to even utter it in some quarters.

We shift to North Africa and Egypt. Two points here – both focused on President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Firstly his handling of civil war-torn Libya and secondly the interesting case of the dam in Ethiopia being fed by water from the Nile. Water – the new gold perhaps?

We conclude by shining a light into Tunisia – a country not on its own in struggling to form a government. A challenge for new Prime Minister designate Hichem Mechichi.

Final word goes to Dr Harry Hagopian who wishes our listeners Eid Mubarak!

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