The Middle East Ticker reviews 2017's biggest news stories about the region.
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When it comes to diplomacy in Afghanistan, President Trump should take his own advice.
Iraqis and Kurds Compete for Oil Deals, Gulf States Still Fighting PR War in Washington, Deadly Ambush in Egypt
Iraqi forces look to consolidate control of Kirkuk, a former Trump official undercuts the State Department on Qatar diplomacy, and an attack on Egyptian troops leaves dozens dead.
Trump May Kick Iran Deal Debate to Senate, the Islamic State’s Bastion Pinched on Two Fronts, the Gulf Crisis Gets Even More Petty
The Trump administration lays out its game plan for decertifying the Iran deal, the Islamic State is being squeezed in Deir Ezzor, and Trump offers to fix the Gulf crisis.
The Qatar crisis shows how the new, younger generation of leaders in the Gulf are throwing out the foreign-policy playbook.
New Qatari Royal Enters Gulf Feud, Palestinian and Israeli Leaders Confused by U.S. Policy, and Diplomats Try to Prevent Kurdish Independence Referendum
Saudi Arabia is grooming a royal rival in Qatar, the Trump administration’s latest diplomatic tour in the region has officials scratching heads, and officials are trying to give Iraqi Kurds a reason to postpone next month’s vote on secession.
Gulf States Limit Diplomatic Fallout, Jihadists Gain More Control in Idlib, and Saudi Arabia’s Shiite Diplomacy
The Gulf states want to keep the feud with Qatar in the family, Turkey and Iran consider what to do about Idlib, and Saudi Arabia cracks down at home but reaches out to Shiites in Iraq.
Temple Mount Protests Wind Down, New Ceasefire in Libya Complicates Peace Effort, Hajj Gets Caught in Gulf Crisis, and Lebanon’s PM Makes Pitch in DC
Two weeks of protests appear to be ending in Jerusalem, France pushes through a ceasefire in Libya but peace remains elusive, Saudi Arabia and Qatar trade accusations of politicizing the pilgrimage to Mecca, and Lebanon’s Saad Hariri lobbies Washington.
New Tensions on Temple Mount, CIA Ends Aid to Syrian Rebels, Gulf Crisis Affecting Regional Foreign Policy, and Trump Looking for Excuse to Leave Iran Deal
A terrorist attack touched off a new round of clashes in Jerusalem, the United States has ended its clandestine support to rebels fighting the Assad regime, the Qatar crisis is having effects in Gaza and Yemen, and Trump wants a pretext to avoid recertifying the JCPOA in three months.
Shuttle Diplomacy Falls Short in Gulf Crisis, Israel Concerned about Ceasefire in Syria, and Two Tenuous Years of the Iran Nuclear Deal
The Gulf crisis continues but new reports shed light on how it started, Israel was consulted on the Syria ceasefire but doesn’t like the outcome, and the United States recertifies Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA.