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?
For years Canada was seen as a nation that in the Middle East charted a different and nuanced course from the United States. But having surrendered that role it seems unlikely now to retrieve it.
President Trump’s fight for a second term may spill over into US policy in the Middle East between now and 3 November.
US views will influence what Netanyahu decides to do on 1 July. Those of other major international actors might do so too. But domestic political considerations may be even more important.
Jordan’s king is fighting back against the looming Israeli annexation of West Bank territory that includes the Jordan Valley.
The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told the settler movement he doesn’t envision a Palestinian state emerging from the ‘deal of the century.’
The Israeli coalition agreement gives Netanyahu the opportunity to annex large parts of the West Bank. But will he do it?
Quarantine measures appear to have kept Covid-19 at bay for now. But Gaza’s already creaking health service will be overwhelmed, if the virus establishes itself in the population at large.
As the Idlib truce continues to hold, Vladimir Putin reinforces Russia’s dominant role in Syria.
Countries across the MENA region are facing severe water shortages yet have done little to ameliorate a shared problem. Will the Covid-19 pandemic teach them that working cooperatively is the only way to resolve a looming crisis?