resets Turkish government, with power moving to the executive presidency. Activity at home and abroad. Turkey ” great and strong” but can he get what he wants from Trump? EU and others react cautiously.
For Arab states, controlling their borders is often a challenging business. Cross-border cooperation and physical measures, aided by the latest technology, may help. Beggar-my-neighbour policies certainly won’t.
Syria – next major fighting expected in the south-west, near Golan Heights, Israel and Jordan.
Messy developments following the May election. Alliance between Sadr and Amiri not the end of the story. US and Saudi influence down, Iranian up.
The boundaries of Arab states, mainly drawn by colonial powers, have shown remarkable durability. In some instances, these boundaries have been challenged but such challenges have generally failed to change the map of the region.
Iraq elections – Muqtada al-Sadr has the initiative as coalition building begins – a changed man? Iraq and Iran.
Iraqi elections unexpectedly show Muqtada al-Sadr in the lead, which will be unwelcome to both Washington and Tehran. Coalition forming won’t be easy.
Saudi Arabia and its close allies express guarded support for Trump. Most others stay on the fence. Iraq calls on US to reconsider.
Iraq ready for elections on 12 May. Population disrupted by war. Sectarianism under fire.
Despite some decline in its relative contribution to Arab economies, agriculture remains important in both economic and social terms. Improved management, less bureaucracy and better access to markets could make it more so.