Tunisia – a suicide recalls the spark of the Arab Spring. One day general strike, government caught in the austerity trap. Security improved and tourism up.
Iraq politicking – no government six months after the election. Trump’s undiplomatic visit. IS ruination – the fight continues.
Yemen peace talks begin, with release of prisoners as a confidence measure. Saudi Arabia on the back foot, the US administration obsessed with Iran, but Congress looking for a halt.
Sudan – old genocide charge unresolved, but conflicts reduced and security improving. US warming up relations.
Egyptian failure to protect the Copts – a fog of conflicting explanations and no coherent strategy – it will happen again.
Egypt – more death sentences – action against Muslim Brotherhood – agreements with Russia, UK and EU.
Iraq – elections of speaker and president start the process of forming a government. Protests in Basra. Corruption.
Yemen – famine imminent. UN process stalls, radically new approach needed.
At least 25 killed at an Iranian Revolutionary Guard parade. Claims, counterclaims, and accusations. Trump at the UN likely to be a spectacle, but real consequences could be serious.
Iraq: violent protests in Basra against government failure. Cabinet making drifts on. Iran/US.