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Health, Politics, and Stability in the Middle East: A COVID-19 Update

Ali Mokdad, Muhamed Almaliky, and Mohammed Hassan Khalil

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July 29, 2020


Middle East countries that avoided the worst of the global coronavirus pandemic in its early weeks are now reeling from its spread. Watch a video conversation with three physicians with unique expertise on Middle East health issues.

From Egypt to Iraq, Middle Eastern countries that avoided the worst of the global coronavirus pandemic in its early weeks are now reeling from its spread, with devastating repercussions for the local health situation and, potentially, the political situation as well. To discuss the status of COVID-19 in the region and how governments are responding to this burgeoning challenge, The Washington Institute hosted a virtual Policy Forum with:

Dr. Ali Mokdad, a former senior official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, currently the director of Middle Eastern initiatives and a professor of global health at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.

Dr. Mohammed Hassan Khalil, a retired cardiologist and founder/chairman of the Committee for the Defense of the People’s Right to Health, based in Cairo.

Dr. Muhamed Almaliky, a practicing cardiologist, research fellow at Harvard University’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and director of the Iraqi American Institute.

The Policy Forum series is made possible through the generosity of the Florence and Robert Kaufman Family.