Iraq – still no government but a budget agreed. Clumsy statement by Trump on Iran.
Jordan – continuing protests over austerity and corruption. Remains a significant regional player. MBS doesn’t come.
US halts support for UNRWA. UNRWA and its activities. Likely political consequences.
Israeli-Jordanian relations, traditionally good at government level, have come under strain in recent years. King Abdullah has announced that Jordan won’t renew the lease of land to Israeli farmers; Israel tries to change his mind with the promise of more water.
Huge decline since 1990 in FGM in Africa where it is most prevalent. Information about the Middle East remains scanty.
Floods throughout the region this month causing death and destruction.
Syria – Idlib ceasefire holds. Turkey/Russia/Germany/France summit. Political agreement still elusive, many local problems.
Syria – military action reduced, some practical normalisation. Idlib quiet but remains a massive unsolved problem.
Jordan troubled but still getting by on handouts. A hard line on Palestine.
Most of the maritime boundaries in the Red Sea have been delimited through negotiations or arbitration. The main current dispute is between Egypt and Sudan.