Evidence of Trump’s intentions in the Middle East is limited and contradictory. Changes expected on Syria and Iran, Sisi enthusiastic, but nothing is clear.
Attempts at political compromise in Libya have failed. A new report by the International Crisis Group calls for a reset. Some good news e.g. on oil, water.
Movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel survives vigorous Israeli attempts to outlaw it but makes little progress. Football may prove the exception.
Yemen: another strike on 29 October by the Saudi led coalition killed sixty. Growing concern in the US and UK about possible war crimes.
After two and a half years of stagnation Lebanon elects a new president. A victory for Hizbullah and a setback for Saudi influence, but generally welcomed as good for Lebanon.
Unending wars over fifteen years have created anarchy in the Middle East. Escalation. The US role and the costs.
International search for a ceasefire in Syria destroyed by air strikes. Murderous airstrike in Yemen threatens international support for the Saudi coalition.
Palestine continues to simmer under occupation. Latest Israeli settlement announcement riles Washington. Will Obama do anything after the election?
US law allowing 9/11 victims to sue Saudi Arabia widely criticised at home and abroad. Possible unintended consequences.
When Mosul is taken back from IS the fighting coalition will have conflicting aims. Need for reform and negotiation, not more arms and soldiers.