The Middle East Situation

Preparations are going ahead for an Arab summit in Morocco on 7 August, following King Hasan's unexpected decision to press on with the meeting despite the failure to obtain an Arab consensus on the issues involved. Saudi Arabia's decision to attend boosted the summit's credibility, but it remained open to question what the meeting could achieve in the absence of Syria and its hard-line allies. In Lebanon, meanwhile, the formation of a new Syrian-backed...