Editor's note

Americans’ lives are shifting in significant ways, every day it seems. But our version of the coronavirus crisis still qualifies as a #firstworldproblem. Syrians have been suffering deeply for years, and their situation is about to get much worse, writes Clark University political scientist Ora Szekely.

She uses her fieldwork in Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East to explain why it’s so hard to resolve the Syrian conflict, which is almost a decade old. Szekely also offers a glimpse of what may happen next, as the pandemic reaches displaced people and refugee camps.

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Ora Szekely, Clark University

Everyone in Syria is fighting a slightly different war from everyone else, there are outsiders with their own goals – and the coronavirus is about to make everything much worse.


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