The 25th anniversary of the Israel-Jordan peace treaty falls on 26 October but neither side sees much to celebrate. How will the future of the relationship evolve?
Kais Saied president of Tunisia by a landslide – rejection of the ruling elite.
Syria – US permits and then opposes Turkish assault on the Kurdish north. Fears that IS may rise from the ashes.
Iranian tanker reportedly attacked off Jedda, but facts and responsibility unclear. More US forces to Saudi Arabia.
Egypt – peaceful protest continued in the second week but has been crushed. Government concessions on austerity and restoring subsidies though limited will alarm foreign investors and the IMF. No effective external support for the protests.
Some Arab regimes have continued to develop their relations with Israel despite the latter’s conduct towards the Palestinians. But there’s a limit to how far they will go.
Tunisia – presidential election next week a run-off between one candidate who can’t campaign and another who doesn’t. Parliamentary election no clear winner. Economy in poor shape.
Donald Trump is not being as inconsistent over the Middle East as the news flow may have you believe.
Widespread spontaneous protests in Iraq, over a hundred killed. Scandal of “pleasure marriages”.
The strong showing of Arab parties in last month’s election has raised hopes for a stronger role for Israel’s Arab community in the country’s political life.