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28.11.2018

A possible upside to the US-China trade war

Southeast Asian countries may gain from shifting production linked to the tit-for-tat tariff dispute.more >
20.11.2018

The seeds of Venezuela’s economic crisis

As conditions continue to deteriorate, Alaco explains how under-investment in and mismanagement of the country’s energy resources foreshadowed the country’s dire financial problems.more >
20.11.2018

Seoul is testing US patience over North Korea sanctions

South Korea's Moon Jae-in risks breaching American and UN measures in wooing Pyongyang.more >
08.11.2018

How lack of international cooperation may limit impact of US sanctions on Iran

America's unilateral withdrawal from the international nuclear deal may undermine enforcement of its snapback sanctions, aimed at wringing new concessions from Tehran. more >
04.11.2018

As US sanctions against Tehran bite, Iranian hackers suspected of targeting Gulf businesses

Energy companies amongst organisations in the cross-hairs, raising concerns over retaliation for US restrictions on Iranian oil exports more >
17.10.2018

Stability in Iraq undermined by US sanctions attack on Iran

Unless it can negotiate exemptions, Iraq is likely to suffer collateral damage.more >
05.10.2018

Special report: Is Zimbabwe finally on the road to recovery?

A new administration prepares to tackle considerable economic problems as most investors and lenders watch and wait to see whether it is up to the challenge. more >
25.09.2018

Could China scupper Trump’s bid to bring Iran to heel?

Beijing’s imports of Iranian oil may take the sting out of America’s re-imposition of sanctions.more >
25.09.2018

UAE continues to drive the Arab World’s tech ambitions

Home to well over a third of the region’s startups, the Emiratis are keen to hone to their entrepreneurial credentials. more >
12.09.2018

Putin rattled by pension reform backlash

The Russian president has been taken aback by widespread public protests over plans to raise the retirement age. We examine the controversy and assess its significance. more >

Notes from the field

Our work takes us all over the world. Here we share some of our more personal perspectives on some of the destinations we have visited, filed on location.

The changing face of Beijing

Walking through Beijing’s hutongs – alleys bordered by rows of single-story courtyard houses that criss-cross the city – it is immediately apparent that the Chinese capital’s urban landscape is changing rapidly. A large proportion of the streets that were once lined with small restaurants and bars, filled with the bustle of shoppers, the heady aroma of street-food and the laughter of running children, are now noticeably quieter, cleaner, and more uniform in appearance.

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