Sudan – 60 demonstrators killed, talks between the military and the protesters stalled.
Syria – IS eliminated as a territory. Regime still seeking full control, but (about) five other armies have their own agendas.
Yemen – Houthi withdrawal in Hudaida a small first step. The war goes on. Some unease among the arms suppliers.
Sudan – President Bashir arrested, military council takes over. Protests continue.
Saudi Arabia – the women activists and Khashoggi trials cast a long shadow.
Trump announces a U-turn on the Golan Heights. General condemnation. A boost for Netanyahu’s election prospects.
What to do with hundreds of foreigners who joined IS? UK and US fix on two individual cases.
US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not
Syria – Idlib ceasefire holds. Turkey/Russia/Germany/France summit. Political agreement still elusive, many local problems.
Khashoggi – murder evidence accumulates, but Saudi Arabia still in denial. Cautious reaction in the Middle East. Trump ambiguous, but strong reaction from Congress and from international finance.