As though the region’s troubles had not been enough, the spread of Covid-19 across the world in general, and the Southern Mediterranean in particular, has taken a heavy toll. For MENA countries, the global pandemic and its consequences have been a double-edged sword. On the one hand, the virus has exacerbated the unresolved and persistent issues that have unfortunately become a regional leitmotiv: political instability, the lack of employment opportunities, the lack of social reforms, rising poverty, and underdevelopment in general. It has shined a light on the importance of taking action in solving these matters before it is too late, while also reminding countries that developments in regional neighbours can deeply affect their own. On the other hand, as the international health crisis became the top priority for most governments in the region, it also appears to have overshadowed the importance of responding to the very challenges that had been exposed by the Covid-19 emergency.
This Report brings together experts and scholars in an effort to ponder on possible post-pandemic trends in the Southern Mediterranean. The aim is to help readers navigate the future of the Southern Mediterranean region, by offering new insights and guidance to regional and non-regional governments, civil society, and the public at large.