on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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Europe eyes eastern Med gas

Producer countries and neighbours in the region are stepping up efforts to export gas to European markets.more >

Wealthy Saudis trying to move 9-figure sums out of the country intimidated by the government

The kingdom's elite, worried their funds will be confiscated by Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, are finding it increasingly hard to transfer money out of the country because of what amounts to unofficial capital controls, sources have told Alaco. more >

Afghanistan is currently at an impasse - these are the options going forward

Alaco Senior Associate Jonathan Clare argues that Afghans should be given the opportunity to resolve their differences as the West’s attempts to do so have come to naught. more >

Army’s critical role in Venezuelan power struggle

The Venezuelan army is likely to determine the outcome of the power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidomore >

Burkina gold miners shaken by Islamic terror

Burkina Faso’s thriving gold mining sector has been rattled by a new wave of Islamist violence and sporadic outbreaks of interethnic conflict.more >

US plays risky game in Iraq over Iranian sanctions waivers

The US is only offering Iraq limited exemptions from sanctions on Iran in an apparent attempt to draw concessions from the Baghdad government. The strategy carries significant risks. more >

Amid trade war tensions, is Israel getting too close to China for America’s comfort?

Chinese redevelopment of an Israeli port heightens American concerns over its ally’s growing commercial relationship with Beijing.more >

Sanctions are just the beginning for Iran

The economic blow to Tehran will be compounded if it fails to comply with global financial transparency rules.more >

DRC elections to see Kabila finally leave the stage

After two years of procrastination, the DRC President agrees to step down but the transfer of power may not be so smooth. more >

Western Sahara talks revive green energy hopes

Resolution to the conflict could provide the missing piece to Morocco’s green energy jigsaw. 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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