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Babel: Translating the Middle East

Center for Strategic and International Studies

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Babel: Translating the Middle East
26 minJUN 30
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On this week's episode of Babel, Minister Mohamad al-Ississ joins Jon to talk about Jordan's economy before, during, and after Covid-19. Minister al-Ississ is the Kingdom of Jordan's minister of finance and was previously the minister of planning and international cooperation. During our discussion, the minister breaks down Jordan's recent economic history, the economic recovery plan, and efforts to formalize the informal sector. Then, Jon, Will, and McKinley discuss the impact refugees have had on Jordan.

Harun Onder, The Fallout of War: The Regional Consequences of the Conflict in Syria, The World Bank, 2020.

Jon Alterman, “The Middle East’s Challenges Aren’t Just Combatting the Virus,” CSIS, April 28, 2020.

Bruce Riedel, “Jordan’s unique coronavirus challenge,” Brookings, April 16, 2020.

Manjari Singh, “Jordan after COVID-19: From Crisis Adjustment to Crisis Management,” The Washington Institute, April 15, 2020

Episode Transcript, “Jordan’s Economy During Covid-19,” June 30, 2020