With a record of mediating Oman breaks new ground receiving a visit by the Israeli PM.
Syria – Idlib ceasefire holds. Turkey/Russia/Germany/France summit. Political agreement still elusive, many local problems.
Europe’s dilemma in the Middle East – its interests differ from those of the US but it bears some of the cost of US policies decided regardless of its interests, Palestine, Iraq, Iran. Khashoggi may be another example?
Syria – military action reduced, some practical normalisation. Idlib quiet but remains a massive unsolved problem.
Iraq – elections of speaker and president start the process of forming a government. Protests in Basra. Corruption.
Speeches by Trump, Netanyahu and Abbas at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) do not suggest the existence of a Zone of Potential Agreement (a ZOPA) on Israel-Palestine.
Trump has blamed OPEC for the high oil price, but his efforts to shut off Iranian oil may be more to blame – with uncertain political consequences.
Yemen – famine imminent. UN process stalls, radically new approach needed.
Bahrain – elections to the lower house on 24 November – limited importance. Numerous arrests a cause for concern.
At least 25 killed at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard parade. Claims, counterclaims, and accusations. Trump at the UN likely to be a spectacle, but real consequences could be serious.