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16.07.2018

What’s behind Ethiopia’s privatisation push?

After years of Chinese-backed, state-led development, Ethiopia is opening up to foreign investment, but it is unclear whether Addis Ababa is in the throes of changing its economic model or just looking to raise desperately-needed funds. more >
28.06.2018

Brazilian ‘Trump’ shakes up presidential election race

Loss of faith in scandal-hit political elite opens the way for illiberal outsider.more >
19.06.2018

Investors cool over Modi economic plans

India's premier wants to turn his country into an industrial giant, but investors have yet to be convinced.more >
15.06.2018

Breakthrough in Iraqi coalition talks

Negotiations between Iraqi politicians on forming a new government have delivered a surprising outcome. The winner of the May 12 parliamentary elections Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi nationalist, has announced a seemingly unlikely pact with the runner-up in the ballot, Hadi al-Amiri, who is close to Iran. more >
13.06.2018

Angola’s debt reliance on China may leave it short-changed

Beijing's loans-for-oil ties with country sap Luanda's foreign exchange reserves.more >
13.06.2018

Can Latvia clean up its troubled banking sector?

US pressure prompts anti-money laundering measures but also exposes limitations of European regulatory oversight.more >
31.05.2018

Insight Report: Rise of Arab startups offers hope for region’s sluggish economies.

New digital businesses, following in the footsteps of western counterparts, are starting to change the Arab world’s economic landscape. more >
27.05.2018

Saudi Arabia woos Iraq to stem Iranian influence

Riyadh has forged an unlikely alliance with Baghdad's new kingmaker, Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shi'ite militant-turned-Iraqi nationalist. But do the Saudis have the self-control not to push Iran too hard, and too far?more >
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 >

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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