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17.10.2018

Stability in Iraq undermined by US sanctions attack on Iran

Unless it can negotiate exemptions, Iraq is likely to suffer collateral damage.more >
25.09.2018

Could China scupper Trump’s bid to bring Iran to heel?

Beijing’s imports of Iranian oil may take the sting out of America’s re-imposition of sanctions.more >
25.09.2018

UAE continues to drive the Arab World’s tech ambitions

Home to well over a third of the region’s startups, the Emiratis are keen to hone to their entrepreneurial credentials. more >
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 >

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.

Editor's Choice

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

26 Sep 2018
Global watchdog takes Saudi Arabia to task for lax anti-terrorism finance measures >
A Financial Action Task Force (FATF) report criticizing Saudi Arabia’s anti-money laundering and terrorism finance measures puts the kingdom on the spot 17 years after the 9/11 attacks and casts a...

Source: Counter Currents

26 Sep 2018
Paradise lost among Maldives dodgy land deals >
An ethical cloud has been cast over the blue skies and white sand beaches of the Maldives, as the idyllic tropical holiday destination is ensnared in a scandal that saw more than 50 islands and...

Source: Transparency International