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How the pandemic, plummeting oil prices could reshape Middle East

COVID-19 will weaken fragile states, raising risk of failure but creating openings for diplomacy.
A man sprays disinfectant to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), inside Jaramana Palestinian refugee camp in Damascus, Syria April 1, 2020. Picture taken April 1, 2020.  REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki - RC29WF9SNKKP

The COVID-19 virus will hit hardest those states in fragile or conflict situations — Libya, Syria, Yemen, Iraq, Lebanon, the West Bank and Gaza — which, even prior to the pandemic, faced the risk of becoming chronically failing or even failed states. 

A region facing endemic fragility and conflict

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