Key issues for Arab summit in Iraq
IRAQ: Baghdad will host an Arab summit from March 27-29, the
first time such a gathering has been held in Iraq in more than 20 years.
Here are key issues facing the Arab world: - The Syria crisis Monitors
say that more than 9,100 people have been killed in Syriaís brutal
attempt to repress an uprising against President Bashar al-Assad and his
The uprising began as protests but has now shifted to armed conflict
between rebel and pro-regime forces. Despite international efforts to
curb the violence, it shows no sign of abating.
The Arab League voted on November 12 to suspend Syria, one of its
founding members, over its crackdown on dissent, and has attempted to
broker a solution to the unrest.
The small, wealthy emirate of Qatar sits at the head of an Arab
League committee dealing with events in Syria, and is leading calls for
armed intervention in the conflict there.
- Consequences of the Arab Spring The December 2010 self-immolation
of a Tunisian street vendor sparked protests that forced Tunisiaís
long-time dictator from power and inspired uprisings across the Arab
world that toppled autocratic rulers in Egypt, Libya and Yemen, and
others that are still ongoing such as in Syria and regular protests in
The Arab world is still struggling with the fallout.
- Iranís nuclear programme Tensions are high over Iranís
controversial nuclear programme, which Tehran insists is for civilian
purposes, while much of the West accuses Iran of seeking to acquire
Iran has warned that it will strike back in the event of an attack by
the US or Israel, and has threatened to disrupt shipping through the
Strait of Hormuz, a Gulf choke point for global oil shipments.
- Arab League reforms Secretary General Nabil al-Arabi has proposed a
series of structural reforms aimed at strengthening the League and
improving mechanisms for the implementation of its decisions.