Haftar’s forces face resistance around Tripoli. International condemnation but some external support for Haftar continues.
Trump announces a U-turn on the Golan Heights. General condemnation. A boost for Netanyahu’s election prospects.
Army chief administers coup de grace on Bouteflika. A second Republic?
Libya – Haftar strengthens his position, especially in the south, but faces opposition of uncertain strength. UN continues to work for elections.
Iraq – still no government but a budget agreed. Clumsy statement by Trump on Iran.
US/Polish proposal for a ministerial on the Middle East, but mainly on Iran. No takers so far.
Turkey still poised to extend its invasion of northern Syria, but faces uncertainties with US and Russia.
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.
MBS visited six Arab states before and after the G20. Proof of confidence he is under no threat at home. Governments toe the line of friendship, with some rewards. Problems in the Maghreb.
Saudi Arabia may or may not continue to bend to President Donald Trump’s wish to see the oil price go lower still. But there are good reasons to suppose that, whatever Opec decides on 6 December, the trend for the next few weeks at least may be upwards.