Police have warned of a significant increase in violent crime in London as lockdown measures ease. Met Police statistics released in July show increases in drug offenses, knife crimes, and racist hate crimes in June following the easing of restrictions. Opportunistic and violent crime is likely to be a major risk to those operating or residing in London over the coming months

The decline in global oil prices and tourism due to ongoing COVID-19-induced travel and business restrictions has led to severe economic challenges for the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states, which heavily depend on these sectors for revenue. This will likely lead to a recession, as per International Monetary Fund (IMF) projections that the GCC economy will contract by 7.1 percent in 2020.

A Jewish settler holds an Israeli flag as Palestinians argue with Israeli soldiers during a protest against Israel's plan to annex parts of the occupied West Bank, in Susya village south of Heron June 19, 2020. REUTERS/Mussa Qawasma - RC2BCH9JZFXN

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and current Alternate Prime Minister Gantz reached a coalition agreement that stipulates that Israel can apply sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, in coordination with the US administration, from July 1. The different and currently unknown versions and timing of the potential application of sovereignty, also known as annexation, will have an impact on the backlash vis-a-vis the Palestinians, as well as Israel’s relations with prominent regional actors.