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.
China announced on May 21 that it would bypass the Hong Kong Legislative Council (LegCo) to pass the “Hong Kong national security law.” The timing of the law is likely aimed at taking advantage of the distraction offered by the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting the resurgence of street protests.
Tehran’s influence on the political and security situation in Iraq has played a major factor in the instability witnessed over the past months. This is likely to continue to pose a challenge to the new PM Mustafa al-Kadhimi-led government over the coming months.
The COVID-19 related lockdown measures have drastically altered criminal trends within Europe. While many of these trends will revert to previous levels as the restrictions are eased, the likely economic downturn and disruption to global travel will have longer-term impacts on crime regionwide
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.
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”…
Executive Summary Parliament passed legislation to require PM Boris Johnson to ask for a Brexit delay if no deal is agreed upon with the EU before October 19. Johnson stated that he will not ask for an extension, with concerns growing that he will attempt force through a no-deal exit on October 31. This will…