The second session of the AHDR Webinar Series 2020 took place on July 1, 2020 and focused on the political economy of COVID-19 in the Arab States region. Participants discussed government deficits, fiscal and monetary policies, rising inequalities, and the pandemic’s impact on tourism, services, the manufacturing and agricultural sectors, informal workers, and the implications for resilient economies.

Moderator: Bessma Momani, Professor of Political Science at the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs


Key messages

The role of state capacity and political will:

The effects of social cohesion and inequality on responses to COVID-19:

Channeling efforts and resources to achieve better systemic outcomes:

A full recording of the webinar is available here.