The Impact of Covid-19 in Water-Stressed Iraq

March 24th 2021 - 08:29
WPS Iraq Covid Water

The consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic in Iraq, in parallel with the country’s water issues, are exacerbating existing health, economic, socio-political, and security challenges. This brief outlines the ways in which COVID-19 interacts with and impacts these four pressing and interrelated challenges. The analysis focuses on the impacts on Iraq as a whole and the four provinces selected for further engagement by the WPS partnership: Basrah, Dhi-Qar, Wasit, and Missan. It also looks at the broader set of considerations on the need for an integrated approach for addressing water, security and health challenges in the country.

The report was prepared by Dorith Kool, Laura Birkman and Giorgio Berti for the Water, Peace & Security (WPS) partnership and can be downloaded here.

Laura Birkman is a Senior Strategic Analyst at HCSS where she focuses on issues related to climate security, sustainable development, and defense. She currently leads HCSS work on Water, Peace and Security (WPS), an award winning partnership that looks to pioneer the development of innovative tools and services that help identify and address water-related security risks. She is also a member of the International Military Council on Climate and Security (IMCCS).
Dorith Kool is a Strategic Analyst at HCSS, where she contributes to projects commissioned by the Dutch ministries. Her primary interest and expertise lie in fragile states, contemporary conflict dynamics and the role of the armed forces, with a special interest in the security implications of climate change. Among other topics, she has conducted research on geopolitics, geoeconomics and the nexus between water and conflict, the security sector in fragile states, civil-military relations, and migration. She also has experience working as an Arabic translator.