COVID-19 has left the world in paralysis. The Arab world is no exception. Discussions around economic recovery need to be rooted in realism and data, especially because COVID-19 constitutes only one of many structural challenges in the region. Others include instability and violence. Almost one in five people in the region are exposed to conflict, according to the World Bank. With 20% of the population living in conflict areas, and widespread state fragility, hurdles to economic growth go beyond recovery from COVID-19 induced recessions.
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