on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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15.01.2019

US plays risky game in Iraq over Iranian sanctions waivers

The US is only offering Iraq limited exemptions from sanctions on Iran in an apparent attempt to draw concessions from the Baghdad government. The strategy carries significant risks. more >
12.01.2019

Amid trade war tensions, is Israel getting too close to China for America’s comfort?

Chinese redevelopment of an Israeli port heightens American concerns over its ally’s growing commercial relationship with Beijing.more >
21.12.2018

Sanctions are just the beginning for Iran

The economic blow to Tehran will be compounded if it fails to comply with global financial transparency rules.more >
19.12.2018

DRC elections to see Kabila finally leave the stage

After two years of procrastination, the DRC President agrees to step down but the transfer of power may not be so smooth. more >
18.12.2018

Western Sahara talks revive green energy hopes

Resolution to the conflict could provide the missing piece to Morocco’s green energy jigsaw. more >
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 >

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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