The election of Abdelmajid Tebboune will achieve little unless he moves quickly to open up meaningful dialogue aimed at achieving a transition to democracy.
Syria – US permits and then opposes Turkish assault on the Kurdish north. Fears that IS may rise from the ashes.
Haftar’s military operation to take Tripoli seems to have failed. His foreign supporters. Need for an international conference and a political solution.
Houthis claim the attack on Saudi oil facilities, Pompeo blames Iran, Trump hesitant. A major blow.
Haftar’s LNA remains stuck around Tripoli. More bloodshed, but not comparable with true civil war. International community ineffective.
Consequences of President Essebsi’s death being well handled, but in a democracy anything can happen.
US Congress has passed a watered-down bill opposing BDS. Local action in the UK against an Israeli weapons company.
Syria – inconclusive fighting in Idlib province and elsewhere. Peace talks not dead.
The seizure of an Iranian tanker in Gibraltar highlights the fuel crisis in Syria and EU policy.
Libya – deaths since April pass 1,000. France admits involvement with Haftar’s forces.