Nine years into a civil war, the people of Syria find themselves at the mercy of foreign powers and the relentless greed of the Assad family.
Summary: when set against today’s reality a snapshot of MENA in July 2000 proves a grim comparison. So are there any grounds for hope and optimism?
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Despite the growing threat of Covid-19, the wars in Yemen and Libya grind on further endangering millions of distressed civilians.
As the Idlib truce continues to hold, Vladimir Putin reinforces Russia’s dominant role in Syria.
While the world is focussed on the Covid-19 pandemic ISIS is quietly reassembling infrastructure, financial and otherwise, that will enable it to rebuild its global terror campaign.
Jordan’s relations with Iraq, Syria and Qatar have improved. Iran remains hostile. With other countries in the region, the direction of travel is less clear.