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COVID-19 Temporarily Tamps Down Unrest in the Middle East

Emily Hawthorne
Middle East and North Africa Analyst, Stratfor
Thomas Abi-Hanna
Global Security Analyst, Stratfor
Mar 27, 2020 | 20:09 GMT
Lebanese President Michel Aoun (C) wears a face mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19 during a March 26, 2020, meeting in Beirut to evaluate measures taken against the virus' spread.

Lebanese President Michel Aoun (C) wears a face mask as a preventive measure against COVID-19 during a March 26, 2020, meeting in Beirut to evaluate measures taken against the virus' spread.

(Lebanese Presidency Office/Handout/Anadolu Agency via GETTY IMAGES)

Protest movements across the Middle East and North Africa, from Algeria to Lebanon and Iraq, have been severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The fear of the virus' spread has deterred these movements from organizing in the streets more than the intermittent threat of crackdowns by security forces even though...

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