Making Sure Peace Isn't a Casualty of COVID-19 in Fragile States

In World Politics Review, CIC's Céline Monnier and g7+ Deputy General Secretary Habib Mayar examine the risks the COVID-19 pandemic poses to fragile and conflict-affected countries.

"If there was ever a time when support to fragile states should be framed as a global public good, that time is now," Monnier and Mayar write. "Flattening the curve implies sacrifices that threaten to disproportionately affect the world’s most vulnerable. It should come as no surprise if such health-focused efforts may even sound pointless to some, when access to health care is often a privilege that is far out of reach. Yet because of the nature of this pandemic, an effective response anywhere in the world depends on an effective response everywhere in the world. For this reason, the world needs to mobilize a concerted, collective response in these fragile states. A failure to act could result in the weakening of governments that have worked hard to rebuild their citizens’ trust, leading to a relapse into conflict."

In the article, Monnier and Mayar identify six key approaches that can help ensure COVID-19 responses do not exacerbate existing social fractures that could lead to violence—and moreover, that could actually strengthen the social contract and create new opportunities for dialogue and reconciliation.

Read the full article at World Politics Review here.

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May 05, 2020
Céline Monnier