US/Polish conference in Warsaw shifts focus from Iran to a wider agenda. “A new era” (Mike Pence) – not
Iraq – still no government but a budget agreed. Clumsy statement by Trump on Iran.
Israel has ended the Temporary International Presence in Hebron. Such restraining influence as it was able to exercise has now been lost.
Lebanon – Hariri forms a government, the usual coalition tilted slightly more than before towards Hizbullah. US murmurings.
Eight years after the Arab Spring and overthrow of Mubarak human rights abuses in Egypt by most measures worse than before. Macron dares to criticise.
UN-backed ceasefire in Hudaida continues, but progress is slow.
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.
US/Polish proposal for a ministerial on the Middle East, but mainly on Iran. No takers so far.
Stockholm partial ceasefire around Hudaida, talks under UN chairmanship, some aid getting through, prisoner exchange talks begin.
No resolution of the Qatar vs. four dispute – propaganda continues. Qatar surviving well. US talks up the need for unity. Active foreign policy continues.