You can watch this event live on Zoom here. You will be prompted to enter your email address.

In March, after U.N. Secretary-General Antόnio Guterres called for a global cease-fire amid the COVID-19 pandemic, many political analysts saw an opportunity for peace. However, the stark reality in many conflict zones today shows that, so far, that opportunity has been missed. Cease-fires are being ignored, and the politics of the pandemic have enabled violence rather than deterred it—a trend that has serious humanitarian implications. But in North Africa, the pandemic and subsequent surge in violent conflict have not stopped local actors from continuing their work, with some impressive results.

Cafe workers load fresh meals on a delivery truck to distribute to the poor on the first day of Ramadan in Cairo, April 24, 2020. (Sima Diab/The New York Times)
Cafe workers load fresh meals on a delivery truck to distribute to the poor on the first day of Ramadan in Cairo, April 24, 2020. (Sima Diab/The New York Times)

This event will be conducted in Arabic and will be simultaneously translated into English. The English video will be available for playback post-event.

Join USIP and ODI for a panel discussion featuring peacebuilding experts and practitioners from North Africa. The online conversation will look at the implications of COVID-19 on peacebuilding at the local level in three particular North African contexts: Libya, Tunisia, and Egypt. Join the conversation with #COVIDInNorthAfrica.

Speakers

Dr. Mike Yaffe, opening remarks
Vice President, Middle East and Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace
 
Mr. Ahmed Albibas
CEO, Moomken Organization for Awareness & Media (Libya)

Mr. Ahmed Abdelwahed
Member of USIP’s Regional Facilitators Forum (Egypt) 

Dr. Tarek Ghazel 
Member of USIP’s Alliance of Tunisian Facilitators (Tunisia)

Dr. Sherine El Taraboulsi-McCarthy 
Interim Senior Research Fellow, Politics and Governance, ODI
 
Dr. Elie Abouaoun, moderator 
Director , Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Institute of Peace

 

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