Lebanon – still no sign of a government following the election in May 2018. Tunnelling on the Israeli border could be a warning of something much worse.
US halts support for UNRWA. UNRWA and its activities. Likely political consequences.
Lebanon’s internal complications multiplied by external interference. US exclusion of Hizbullah. Burden of Syrian and Palestinian refugees.
As the Syrian war ends, Syria’s role in Lebanon reasserted. Russia supports return of refugees to Syria, accuses US of stalling.
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.
Israel’s borders with three of its five Arab neighbours remain to be agreed. In the case of the Palestinians, they might never be.
The boundaries of Arab states, mainly drawn by colonial powers, have shown remarkable durability. In some instances, these boundaries have been challenged but such challenges have generally failed to change the map of the region.
Asad government strengthens its position, but still faces rebels in two main areas. US does a deal with Turkey and concentrates on mopping up IS. Coalition bombing of Raqqa criticised.
Election in Lebanon on Sunday. Complicated new system, possible weakening of traditional hierarchies. The youth vote. More participation by women.
Despite some decline in its relative contribution to Arab economies, agriculture remains important in both economic and social terms. Improved management, less bureaucracy and better access to markets could make it more so.