Sudan – mainly non-violent protests continue almost daily. Government hot and cold. Major peace agreement for CAR initialled in Khartoum.
Eight years after the Arab Spring and overthrow of Mubarak human rights abuses in Egypt by most measures worse than before. Macron dares to criticise.
Dams and pipelines have been among the largest infrastructure projects in the Arab world. Some have been successful, some less so.
Autocrats love grandiose projects. Arab autocrats are no exception. Religion, railways, new cities and culture are favoured fields.
No resolution of the Qatar vs. four dispute – propaganda continues. Qatar surviving well. US talks up the need for unity. Active foreign policy continues.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
A number of instances showing respect by Muslims for other religions. A 21st-century development.
The Hedges case is symptomatic of the increasing risks of and restrictions on scholarly research in the Middle East.
Tunisia – MBS visit handled smoothly. Economic problems and strikes. Tourism up. The ghost of the Arab Spring.
US halts support for UNRWA. UNRWA and its activities. Likely political consequences.