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.
A small Bedouin village near Jerusalem, facing demolition by Israel, puts European policy in a fix.
Arab states with Mediterranean coastlines have claimed various forms of jurisdiction over the sea lying off their coasts. On occasion, this has caused disputes between them and their neighbours. Some of these disputes have been resolved through the ICJ; others have yet to be resolved and are complicated by existing political conflicts.
Libyan oil exports resumed. Political settlement elusive, economic potential real. Key players Sanalla, Haftar, Salamé. Role for UK.