Covid-19 in the Middle East: Regional Impact and Future Recovery

A series of panels discussing the Sixth Wave of the Arab Barometer.

The Middle East Institute (MEI) is pleased to hold the second event in a four-part series in cooperation with Arab Barometer, on the occasion of the publication of Arab Barometer’s findings from the sixth wave of its surveys. This most recent poll was conducted in the wake of the outbreak of Covid-19, and assessed regional perspectives on the impact of the pandemic on public health, domestic conditions, vulnerable populations, and the way the region sees the outside world.

The second panel will bring together experts from the US and Middle East alongside Salma Al-Shami, senior research specialist with the Arab Barometer, to discuss the findings as they relate to the impact of Covid-19 and the prospects for long term recovery. How has Covid-19 impacted the region and what vulnerabilities remain? What are the respondent’s perceptions of how their governments addressed the crisis? What does localized and regional recovery look like in conjunction with other ongoing crises?


Yasmina Abouzzohour
Visiting fellow, Brookings-Doha; visiting fellow, European Council on Foreign Relations

Salma Al-Shami
Senior research specialist, Arab Barometer

Shala Al-Kli 
Non-resident scholar, MEI; Deputy regional director, Mercy Corps 

Karen Young, moderator
Senior fellow and director, Program on Economics and Energy, MEI 

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