on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence

Alaco's writing on a range of subjects


Egypt’s economic recovery overshadowed by political turbulence

Investors are showing renewed interest in Egypt as economic reforms take effect, but the stability that underpins the turnaround is under strain.more >

Can the Philippines afford Duterte’s infrastructure spending spree?

Some fear huge construction programme aimed to boost employment and foreign investment could rack up unsustainable debts.more >

UK companies face export perils

Those who unwittingly flout anti-bribery laws and trade restrictions risk heavy fines and reputational damage.more >

Why Trump should be careful in sanctioning the Venezuelan regime

The administration weighs up its response to Maduro’s latest bid to consolidate his powers. more >

Ethiopia’s economy rides out anti-government unrest

While the recent upheavals unnerved foreign investors, the economy continues to grow apace. more >

Ukraine’s Naftogaz still stymied by gas market monopolies

The state-owned energy company’s progress is being frustrated by its inability to sell directly to consumers.more >

Storm brewing over new US sanctions on Russia

Draft legislation toughening measures against Russia is proving divisive both at home and abroad. more >

Russian pipeline dispute escalates as US enters the fray

American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe. more >

Saudi succession twist might deepen conflict with Iran

While the surprise elevation of the King’s son as crown prince could help boost the economy, it may be bad news for regional stability. more >

India and Afghanistan attempt to bypass their obstructive neighbour

New transport links circumventing Pakistan could prove to be economic game-changers.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.

Angola at the crossroads

Spend any time in Luanda, Angola’s bustling capital, and the first thing that hits you is the sharp disparities in wealth.

Editor's Choice

A daily selection of news articles from around the world, chosen by our analysts:

16 Aug 2017
NAB ordered to continue investigations against Sindh MPAs, bureaucrats >
KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Wednesday ordered the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) to continue its inquiries against provincial assembly members and bureaucrats. Opposition parties, including the Muttahida Qaumi Movement–Pakistan...

Source: Pakistan Today

16 Aug 2017
Why Zuma’s eventual departure won’t solve South Africa’s woes >
President Zuma is uniquely bad, but he hasn’t just enriched himself. Many people now have vested interests in the corrupt system he’s established. President Jacob Zuma inspects a mobile police...

Source: Africa-News.info