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on assignment, Sana'a
Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
Egypt’s economic recovery overshadowed by political turbulence
Investors are showing renewed interest in Egypt as economic reforms take effect, but the stability that underpins the turnaround is under strain.
Can the Philippines afford Duterte’s infrastructure spending spree?
Some fear huge construction programme aimed to boost employment and foreign investment could rack up unsustainable debts.
UK companies face export perils
Those who unwittingly flout anti-bribery laws and trade restrictions risk heavy fines and reputational damage.
Why Trump should be careful in sanctioning the Venezuelan regime
The administration weighs up its response to Maduro’s latest bid to consolidate his powers.
Ethiopia’s economy rides out anti-government unrest
While the recent upheavals unnerved foreign investors, the economy continues to grow apace.
Ukraine’s Naftogaz still stymied by gas market monopolies
The state-owned energy company’s progress is being frustrated by its inability to sell directly to consumers.
Storm brewing over new US sanctions on Russia
Draft legislation toughening measures against Russia is proving divisive both at home and abroad.
Russian pipeline dispute escalates as US enters the fray
American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe.
Saudi succession twist might deepen conflict with Iran
While the surprise elevation of the King’s son as crown prince could help boost the economy, it may be bad news for regional stability.
India and Afghanistan attempt to bypass their obstructive neighbour
New transport links circumventing Pakistan could prove to be economic game-changers.
—Notes from the field