Summary: On 20 May 2021 Arab Digest interviewed EU Ambassador and Head of Delegation Christian Berger about relations with Egypt and issues that included arms sales and human rights
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.
Libya – Haftar strengthens his position, especially in the south, but faces opposition of uncertain strength. UN continues to work for elections.
US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not
An ancient irrigation system still operating throughout the Middle East and elsewhere.
Stagnation in Libya but action by Haftar in the south may bring on a crisis. Paris and Rome at odds.
Mahmud Abbas and senior Palestinian officials have had high-level exchanges with Russia, Italy and the Vatican. Palestinian unity over a US resolution at UNGA proves short lived.
The Hedges case is symptomatic of the increasing risks of and restrictions on scholarly research in the Middle East.
Italy’s clampdown on migration through Libya followed by increased migration through Morocco. Trump has the answer.