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After the Storm: Post-Pandemic Trends in the Southern Mediterranean

The Mediterranean region has faced a significant number of challenges that have stemmed from turbulent events taking place on its Southern shores: conflicts and instability, the migration crisis, disruptions of regional value chains, souring regional relations, and foreign power interferences that have severely affected the region. The Covid-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on the Southern Mediterranean, but the health crisis had ambiguous effects on the underlying economic, social, and political trends of the region. It has exposed and exacerbated much of the previous sources of tension and, obscured many of them as public attention moved towards facing the public health emergency. Will the Covid-19 pandemic spur governments and civil societies to action? Or will it just serve as another smokescreen behind which to hide the region’s longstanding problems?

This Report is published in collaboration with RIAC – The Russian International Affairs Council


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TABLE OF CONTENTS

IntroductionAndrey Kortunov, Paolo Magri

1. The Energy Sector, Competition and Security in the Eastern Mediterranean

Ruslan Mamedov

2. The Future of Radicalism and Terrorism in Fragile States

  Ivan Bocharov

3. Regular and Irregular Migration Trends in a Post-Pandemic Mediterranean Region

    Matteo Villa, Elena Corradi

4. Prospects for International Cooperation in the MENA Crises: The Cases of Lebanon and Syria

Chiara Lovotti

5. Libya in the Covid-19 Era: Between Local Chaos and Foreign Interferences

Andrey Chuprygin

6. Palestine and Israel in the Post-Covid World

 Inès Abdel Razek

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