US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not
Lebanon – Hariri forms a government, the usual coalition tilted slightly more than before towards Hizbullah. US murmurings.
UN-backed ceasefire in Hudaida continues, but progress is slow.
Stockholm partial ceasefire around Hudaida, talks under UN chairmanship, some aid getting through, prisoner exchange talks begin.
Confusion about the future of US action in Syria as Trump’s announcement of withdrawal is seemingly undermined.
Trial of 11 unnamed persons for the Khashoggi murder begins. Any stick will now do to beat Saudi Arabia.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
The Hedges case is symptomatic of the increasing risks of and restrictions on scholarly research in the Middle East.
Khashoggi – Turkey keeps up the pressure. Saudi Arabia on the back foot. Congress and media want action. US and other governments face a dilemma.
Sudan – old genocide charge unresolved, but conflicts reduced and security improving. US warming up relations.