Lebanon – still no sign of a government following the election in May 2018. Tunnelling on the Israeli border could be a warning of something much worse.
Trial of 11 unnamed persons for the Khashoggi murder begins. Any stick will now do to beat Saudi Arabia.
Iraq politicking – no government six months after the election. Trump’s undiplomatic visit. IS ruination – the fight continues.
Turkey still poised to extend its invasion of northern Syria, but faces uncertainties with US and Russia.
Donald Trump’s announcement that he is withdrawing all US military personnel from Syria may fulfil one of his 2016 election pledges to the American people. But it is also a — domestically driven — betrayal of key American allies, not least the Kurds. Latest clear indicator of the overall shape of US foreign policy for as long as Mr Trump remains in the Oval Office.
Yemen – talks in Sweden may lead to a ceasefire in Hudayda and allow in vitally needed food and medicine.
Many countries in the region hold disgracefully large numbers of prisoners, but information is patchy and unreliable.
West Bank – a week of shootings. Possible political consequences. Kushner’s peace plan still at the other end of the rainbow.
Any Turkish strike on Kurds in Syria east or west of the Euphrates unwelcome to the Pentagon and would risk a clash with US-led or actual US troops.
Tunisia – continuing corruption, weariness and despair among the young. Only the central bank under Marouane El Abassi tackling Tunisia’s internal and external economic problems.