The IS threat justifies US military presence in Iraq – just. Sectarian violence down.
Annual Arab League summit the usual muddle, given some purpose by the need to badmouth US policy.
A more assertive Jordan allies with the Palestinian Authority to defend its position in Jerusalem through a strengthened Waqf Council. Separately, part of the security barrier in Jerusalem collapses; Palestinians celebrate.
With its usual problems plus over a million Syrian refugees Jordan needs support. Some positive developments in the region.
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.