The COVID-19 pandemic is hitting the Maghreb countries hard. As the pandemic spread through southern Europe, the governments of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia took drastic measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in their territories. These measures will have far-reaching consequences for the economies of these countries due to the increase in public spending to protect citizens, added to the drastic fall in income (hydrocarbons, trade, tourism, remittances, foreign investment, agriculture, transportation, maritime traffic, internal demand, etc.).

This virtual round table will analyse the responses of governments, the possible social consequences of the health crisis and the implications for political stability in the Maghreb of the socio-economic crisis caused by the Great Lockdown. All this in a context of growing demands for political reform and good governance.


  • Isabelle Werenfels, Senior Fellow in the Middle East and Africa Division, SWP, Berlin. (@iswerenfelsi)
  • Dalia Ghanem, Resident Scholar, Carnegie Middle East Center, Beirut. (@DaliaZinaGhanem)
  • Intissar Fakir, Fellow and Editor-in-Chief of Sada, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington DC. (@IntissarFakir)
  • Haizam Amirah-Fernández, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute, Madrid. (@HaizamAmirah)

Moderator: Charles Powell, Director, Elcano Royal Institute. (@CharlesTPowell)

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Thursday, 7 May 2020, from 12:00 to 13:00h CET (UTC+2)

Check out our expert’s analysis in our web dossier Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19).

YouTube live streaming: Virtual roundtable “Coronavirus and the Maghreb: Challenges to stability and reform” (1:24:32)