The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
Annual Arab League summit the usual muddle, given some purpose by the need to badmouth US policy.
Pompeo will face some difficult issues in Beirut: Hizbullah, maritime border with Israel, EastMed pipeline, Syrian refugees.
Rouhani’s successful visit to Iraq – an unprecedented call on Iraq’s top cleric who sent a message of moderation to both Iraq and Iran.
Syria- IS fighting in the last ditch, outside powers manoeuvring for advantage.
UK lines up with Israel on Hizbullah. Some downside, possible domestic political advantage.
With its usual problems plus over a million Syrian refugees Jordan needs support. Some positive developments in the region.
Locust swarms around the Red Sea and across Arabia may cause serious harm depending on the next three months.
Yemen – the Stockholm ceasefire holding. Opposition to the war in Washington and London.
US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not