The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
Morocco’s tiff with Saudi Arabia over. Pope’s visit demonstrates religious tolerance but causes some controversy.
Saudi Arabia – the women activists and Khashoggi trials cast a long shadow.
Annual Arab League summit the usual muddle, given some purpose by the need to badmouth US policy.
Trump announces a U-turn on the Golan Heights. General condemnation. A boost for Netanyahu’s election prospects.
In an attempt to appeal to right-wing voters, Netanyahu has targetted Israel’s Arab citizens and their representatives, adding insult to the injury which resulted from last year’s Nation-State law.
Army chief administers coup de grace on Bouteflika. A second Republic?
Libya – Haftar strengthens his position, especially in the south, but faces opposition of uncertain strength. UN continues to work for elections.
Yemen – Hudaida ceasefire survives but going nowhere. Yemen divided, the war stalemated, human suffering continues. UN out of ideas.
A new book outlines a deal involving Arab states but not Palestine; likely to inflame opinion whether or not it is true.