on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects

12.09.2018

Putin rattled by pension reform backlash

The Russian president has been taken aback by widespread public protests over plans to raise the retirement age. We examine the controversy and assess its significance. more >
11.09.2018

Asian neighbours curb China’s ‘Belt and Road’ enthusiasm

Partners in Beijing’s regional economic programme put off by terms of big-ticket infrastructure and energy deals.more >
17.08.2018

Pakistan’s new leader faces a bailout conundrum

Does Imran Khan approach the IMF or China? Neither option augurs well.more >
14.08.2018

Can gas exports boost Egypt’s ties with Israel?

The June discoveries in the Noor field should further strengthen Egypt’s hand as an exporter.more >
10.08.2018

Erdogan’s embrace of western Balkans worries EU

The controversial Turkish leader has been building economic bridges with the region but is his engagement in its best long-term interests? more >
26.07.2018

How US exit from JCPoA will affect Iran investors

Nearly three months after President Trump pulled America out of the international nuclear agreement, we assess the impact on foreign investment in Iran.more >
26.07.2018

De-risking cryptos

Reputational risks associated with digital currencies call for new due diligence approach.more >
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 >

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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