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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
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.
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.
Pakistan’s new leader faces a bailout conundrum
Does Imran Khan approach the IMF or China? Neither option augurs well.
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.
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?
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.
Reputational risks associated with digital currencies call for new due diligence approach.
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.
Saudi Arabia economy faces crisis of confidence
Foreign investment plunges as employers hit by expat exodus.
Brazilian ‘Trump’ shakes up presidential election race
Loss of faith in scandal-hit political elite opens the way for illiberal outsider.
—Notes from the field