Financial Strains, Health Pressures: Syria, Somalia and the COVID-19 impact

Hosted by LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response

Online public event


Khalif Abdirahman

Khalif Abdirahman

Mazen Gharibah

Mazen Gharibah

Dr Nisar Majid

Dr Nisar Majid

Dr Rim Turkmani

Dr Rim Turkmani

Professor Alex de Waal

Professor Alex de Waal


Dr Jessica Watkins

Dr Jessica Watkins

Populations and institutions in Syria and Somalia have been subject to conflict and political turmoil for many years and now face the health and economic impacts of the COVID-19 global pandemic. This event draws on analysis from LSE's Conflict Research Programme (CRP) and its researchers and partners involved in these settings.

Khalif Abdirahman is Senior Field Researcher on LSEs - Conflict Research Programme - Somalia. He has conducted research across the Somali regions for the last seven years including for Tufts University, the Rift Valley Institute and the Overseas Development Institute.

Mazen Gharibah is the Research Manager at the Governance and Development Research Centre in Beirut, Lebanon, which partners with the CRP-Syria Team.

Nisar Majid is Research Director for CRP in Somalia.

Rim Turkmani (@Rim_Turkmani) is a Senior Research Fellow in the LSE CCS Unit and the Research Director for CRP work in Syria.

Alex de Waal is Director of the World Peace Foundation and Programme Research Director of the CRP. He also contributes to CPAID research at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa. He is an expert on Sudan, South Sudan and the Horn of Africa with particular reference to humanitarian crisis and response, conflict, mediation and peacebuilding. He has served with the African Union mediation team on Darfur and as an advisor to the African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan.

Jessica Watkins (@jesterwatkins) is Research Officer at the Middle East Centre and works on the CRP.

This event is part of LSE's public event series - COVID-19: The Policy Response.

COVID-19 represents an enormous challenge for the social sciences to help governments and non-governmental organisations respond to the economic and societal consequences of the pandemic. Part of LSE's response to this challenge is a series of online public events that will take place over the Summer Term.

Why not visit the School of Public Policy COVID-19 Resource Centre.

This event in the series has been organised by the Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit.

The next event in this series will take place at 1pm on 15 June on Six Political Philosophies in Search of a Virus: critical perspectives on the coronavirus pandemic.

Conflict and Civil Society Research Unit (@LSE_CCS) - Understanding conflict and violence in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Bridging the gap between citizens and policymakers.

Twitter Hashtag for this event: #LSECOVID19

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