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.
Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
Floods throughout the region this month causing death and destruction.
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.
Jordan troubled but still getting by on handouts. A hard line on Palestine.
Iraq – elections of speaker and president start the process of forming a government. Protests in Basra. Corruption.
Agriculture in the Euphrates valley in Iraq faces severe water shortages and other serious challenges.
Iraq: violent protests in Basra against government failure. Cabinet making drifts on. Iran/US.