Impact of war in Ukraine on the most vulnerable

Posted on 16 February 2022

The ties between the conflict in Ukraine and the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) region are complex. Regional states have a direct interest in preventing escalation and in minimising its consequences as quickly as possible.
“There are three key areas where the MENA region will be affected by a large-scale confrontation between Russia and Ukraine: energy, due to expected interruptions of global energy flows; agriculture, because of possible disruptions of agricultural trade and grain production in the Black Sea basin; and refugees, as yet another humanitarian crisis would stress an already under-funded and over-extended global aid system,” writes Christian-Dan Tataru at the Middle East Institute, an independent think tank.