Gaza still shattered following the last war in 2014. Pledges of aid not honoured. Another war? A cry for help from behind the blockade.
The ceasefire has checked most of the fighting in Yemen. Preparations for peace talks in Kuwait next week. AQAP profiting.
Syria and the migration crisis – ambitious EU/Turkey agreement – wider consequences, Russia, EU.
Weatern Sahara an intractable dispute, 40 years old and with no end in sight, poisoning relations between Morocco and Algeria. A row between Morocco and the EU. First visit by Ban Ki-moon.
A Jordan/EU agreement reportedly allows more Syrians to work and more openings for Jordanian exports.
Morocco making her own way, but shares some problems with the Middle East including the IS threat.
International meeting in Vienna on Syria including Iran for the first time (but not Syria) reaches some agreement. UN representative flies to Damascus, next meeting within two weeks.
Russian military intervention in Syria has shuffled the pack. Asad summoned to Moscow, then political talks including US, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia possibly extending to Iran, Egypt and Europe. A judicious summary by Jimmy Carter calls for international agreement and action.
Europe including Russia is moving to profit from the deal; what happens if it works, what happens if it doesn’t?