Haftar moves against Tripoli.
The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
Syria- IS fighting in the last ditch, outside powers manoeuvring for advantage.
What to do with hundreds of foreigners who joined IS? UK and US fix on two individual cases.
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.
Stagnation in Libya but action by Haftar in the south may bring on a crisis. Paris and Rome at odds.
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.