Mayoral elections do not go Erdoğan’s way, his first experience of the tendency of the democratic pendulum to swing. A test for Turkish democracy.
Trump announces a U-turn on the Golan Heights. General condemnation. A boost for Netanyahu’s election prospects.
Syria- IS fighting in the last ditch, outside powers manoeuvring for advantage.
With its usual problems plus over a million Syrian refugees Jordan needs support. Some positive developments in the region.
sectarianism is a symptom of the problem, not the underlying problem itself. Many of the region’s conflicts are more about ethnic identity and nationalism, but Arab dictators use sectarianism to bolster their positions.
IS all but defeated in Syria, reduced to guerrilla tactics as in Iraq and elsewhere. Remains a terrorist threat along with al-Qa’ida and other fragments.
Dams and pipelines have been among the largest infrastructure projects in the Arab world. Some have been successful, some less so.
Confusion about the future of US action in Syria as Trump’s announcement of withdrawal is seemingly undermined.
Sudan – three weeks of protests more widespread and numerous than previously. Teargas and live ammunition cause some casualties but protests continue.
Iraq politicking – no government six months after the election. Trump’s undiplomatic visit. IS ruination – the fight continues.