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Arab world must learn to live with COVID-19

  • Despite the threat posed by the omicron variant and the latest IHU variant, with its 46 mutations, the world’s governments appear to be done with COVID-19, even if large swaths of the population are not. Worse, mitigation failures, vaccine apartheid and unusual levels of hesitancy across the pl...
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How to deal with the pandemic’s ‘shadow variant’

  • The COVID-19 pandemic is by far the most devastating outbreak in recent history, with ramifications that reach far beyond global public health. It has left economies crumbling, crippled international trade, emaciated multilateral cooperation, diminished aid flows, and drastically increased leve...
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We’re not out of the virus minefield yet

  • As vaccination campaigns ramp up, experts and policymakers are beginning to develop a sense of just how far away the world is from an exit out of the COVID-19 crisis, and gaining greater clarity about the post-pandemic recovery period. Undoubtedly, the proposal by the Biden administration to ...
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Coronavirus: What the Middle East can do to stay safe

  • Few things are as haunting as tracking a viral outbreak through the cascade of headlines detailing worsening statistics, cities under lockdown, closed borders, canceled flights, evacuations and quarantines. More than 12,000 people have now been infected by the Wuhan coronavirus, mostly in China...
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Why the world cannot afford the UN to fail

  • The UN has faced mounting criticism in recent years, but remains the foremost manifestation of a multilateral world order, still well-positioned to navigate the complexities of trying to balance sovereign equality with great power politics in order to preserve and promote relative global peace....
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