on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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16.05.2018

Angola’s unlikely reformer

Derided as a puppet of the former dos Santos regime, President Joao Lourenco is proving his doubters wrong.more >
04.05.2018

New twist in US sanctions policy on Russia

The latest US measures against Russia have generated headlines, not least because of their apparent randomness. In this Alaco podcast, we assess the significance and implications of the sanctions for western businesses and investors. more >
20.04.2018

Scandal-hit Najib poised for Malaysia poll victory as 1MDB concerns fade

Prime minister likely to be re-elected despite state investment fund affair more >
27.03.2018

Pakistan’s risky reliance on China set to grow

A fall out with the US could leave Pakistan more vulnerable to Chinese economic muscle.more >
19.03.2018

South America’s shift to the right still to bear economic fruit

Progress on market reforms appears to be stalling amid resistance from opposition-dominated parliaments and fears of populist backlashes.more >
16.03.2018

Is Putin raiding Russia’s banks?

An overhaul of the country's private banks gathers momentum, raising concerns in some quarters. more >
09.03.2018

Race to exploit Mediterranean gas raises regional hackles

Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon vie over claims to gas reserves more >
19.02.2018

Questions raised about ‘piecemeal’ approach to tackling UK corruption

Police gain new powers to seize the assets of corrupt individuals, but a key weapon in their anti-graft armoury is missing.more >
14.02.2018

Lebanon’s enforcement of US Hezbollah sanctions leaves Salameh with tough balancing act

In enforcing US anti-money laundering legislation targeting Hezbollah, Central Bank Governor must ensure ordinary Shia are not penalised.more >
09.02.2018

Fresh doubts raised over Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts

Progress on rooting out graft is being put at risk by resistance to greater transparency.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.

Tunisia starts to show signs of economic recovery

Tunis has all the trappings of a great Mediterranean city, but the visitors that once thronged its beaches, corniche and historic centre are these days few and far between. The terraces of Gammarth’s swanky hotels, where you used to struggle to find a table, are now mostly occupied by wealthy Tunisois, business travellers and the odd tourist.

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