on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence

16.10.2020

Investors keep faith with Africa’s tech scene amid pandemic

Covid-defying foreign investment in IT reflects huge potential for mobile-driven commerce and development.more >
14.10.2020

New sanctions offensive: OFAC blocks bad actors’ crypto addresses

The battle against financial crime has been strengthened by Washington’s blacklisting of cryptocurrency addresses used to facilitate illicit cyber activity. more >
08.10.2020

China thwarts neighbours’ energy ambitions

“Bullying” in the South China Sea threatens littoral states’ hydrocarbon exploration efforts.more >
24.09.2020

How Alaco made Headlines in Africa

The story behind Alaco’s investigation refuting alleged financial crime in Botswana.more >
16.09.2020

Unintended consequences abound with new US sanctions on Syria

Caesar sanctions aimed at bringing Assad to heel could potentially further immiserate Syrian civilians.more >
08.09.2020

Botswana financial scandal implicating ex-leader exposed as fabrication

British lawyers work with Alaco to reveal a stream of baseless allegations against the former president.more >
17.08.2020

Why Libya’s arms embargo is failing

Frequent violations of the weapons ban expose serious monitoring and enforcement flaws.more >
07.08.2020

Western Balkans’ labour pains

Foreign investment in the more productive sectors of the region’s economy may be put at risk by skills shortages driven by high levels of migration.more >
17.07.2020

India can ill afford China trade boycott

Modi is urging self-reliance, but is India ready to limit economic ties with its regional rival?more >
14.07.2020

Gulf rivalries could impact Horn of Africa stability

Competition for influence may deepen fault lines across the fragile peninsula. 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.

Lebanon’s turmoil

Beirut’s banks are in the eye of a storm. In and around the city centre, the epicentre of a months-long protest over economic mismanagement, some branches have been daubed with graffiti, others have had their windows and ATMs smashed. They are so short of hard currency that informal capital controls have been imposed, infuriating customers desperate for dollars.