Summary: Greg Shapland reviews Water and Conflict in the Middle East, a study of hydro-politics in a troubled region.
The Iran-backed militia Kataib Hezbollah has declared a truce in Iraq until after the US presidential election as long as the Americans agree to get all their soldiers out.
As Turkey, Russia and the US weigh up their options, a shaky ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib province may be about to end.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
While the world is focussed on the Covid-19 pandemic ISIS is quietly reassembling infrastructure, financial and otherwise, that will enable it to rebuild its global terror campaign.
Syria – US permits and then opposes Turkish assault on the Kurdish north. Fears that IS may rise from the ashes.
Haftar’s military operation to take Tripoli seems to have failed. His foreign supporters. Need for an international conference and a political solution.
Syria – inconclusive fighting in Idlib province and elsewhere. Peace talks not dead.
Tunisia – President Essebsi survives a health crisis. Jihadi attacks. Economic problems breed discontent.
Ghazouani peacefully elected as president of Mauritania in place of Abdel Aziz – no change. Economy doing well.