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.
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.