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    COVID-19 Impacts on Strategic Dynamics in the Middle East

    Dalia Dassa Kaye

    Mar 26, 2020

    The RAND Blog

    The most significant global crisis of our generation is sure to have transformational effects on every state and society in the world, and the Middle East is no exception. But it is unlikely that the COVID-19 crisis will lead to new regional strategic dynamics that were not already underway. Indeed, the crisis is more likely to reinforce and strengthen existing and largely negative trend lines.

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