Category: Intelligence

Executive Summary On February 18, President Abdelmadjid Tebboune dissolved the People’s National Assembly (APN) and called for early legislative elections, slated for June 12. The announcement came ahead of the two-year anniversary of the anti-government protest movement on February 22. This measure was aimed at appeasing the public’s anti-government sentiments. However, protesters will perceive the…

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.

Global Forecast covid-19

As of the beginning of April, the COVID-19 pandemic has reached nearly every country, exceeding 1,000,000 cases worldwide and more than 65,000 deaths. Many countries have enacted travel bans, border closures, and lock-down restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the virus as it grows. While this is foremost a health and humanitarian crisis, the pandemic and global response creates a range of security risks. These include civil unrest, anti-foreigner violence, opportunistic and financially motivated crime, and cyber attacks, among others.

Focal Points in Syria

Executive Summary: On October 13, the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) deployed its troops towards northern Syria in line with a reported agreement between the Syrian government and the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The development highlights the SDF’s willingness to negotiate with the SAA to receive their support to counter the Turkish Operation “Spring of Peace”…