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07.11.2017

Saudi Arabia: MbS tears up the rule book

The fourth of November 2017 will go down as a significant date in Saudi history. The purge by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (commonly referred to as MbS) of so many well-known members of the ruling class is completely unprecedented. more >
17.11.2017

Why Russia’s upcoming elections may derail Putin’s biggest critic

The outcome of Russia’s presidential ballot next March appears a forgone conclusion, yet the vote is not quite the irrelevance it might seem. more >
03.11.2017

Fossil fuel giant Iran champions green energy

In an effort to meet rising energy demand and cut alarming levels of pollution, Iran is courting European renewables investors.more >
24.10.2017

Why Lebanon should think twice before postponing reforms

The government may choose to shelve painful fiscal reforms, but it should be wary of relying on future oil and gas wealth to address its looming debt crisis.more >
20.10.2017

Foreign investors jittery amid Myanmar refugee crisis

Western companies have been slow to exploit opportunities in Myanmar, with the upheavals in Rakhine state likely to further dampen their interest.more >
13.10.2017

Iran and North Korea: why sanctions have worked to defuse one nuclear crisis but not the other

Sanctions helped to bring Tehran to the negotiating table, but those against Pyongyang may make it harder to resolve the North Korean crisis.more >
06.10.2017

US conflict mineral rule under threat

A regulation credited with promoting greater supply chain transparency appears to have been weakened, and may eventually be repealed.more >
03.10.2017

Trouble brewing for Saudi heir

As Mohammed bin Salman prepares for his ascent, he is facing growing discontent among members of the royal family and ordinary Saudis.more >
26.09.2017

Turkey risks blowback with mooted Kurdistan sanctions

Cutting a Kurdish oil pipeline could undermine Turkish economic and security interestsmore >
20.09.2017

Modi’s bumpy anti-corruption drive

The Indian premier’s attempt to tackle ‘black money’ and financial crime is proving controversial.more >
12.09.2017

Brazil’s corruption scandals undercut promising privatisation, pension reform

With his reform programme under strain, President Temer is embarking on a big privatisation programme to promote growth. 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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