The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
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.
With its usual problems plus over a million Syrian refugees Jordan needs support. Some positive developments in the region.
sectarianism is a symptom of the problem, not the underlying problem itself. Many of the region’s conflicts are more about ethnic identity and nationalism, but Arab dictators use sectarianism to bolster their positions.
Iraq – still no government but a budget agreed. Clumsy statement by Trump on Iran.
IS all but defeated in Syria, reduced to guerrilla tactics as in Iraq and elsewhere. Remains a terrorist threat along with al-Qa’ida and other fragments.
Dams and pipelines have been among the largest infrastructure projects in the Arab world. Some have been successful, some less so.
Iraq politicking – no government six months after the election. Trump’s undiplomatic visit. IS ruination – the fight continues.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.