on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence


Pademic redrawing global investment landscape

Covid-19 expected to trigger plunge in foreign direct investment and reinforce protectionist policies among leading recipients. more >

Russia’s ‘National Projects’ in need of a lift

Keynesian stimulus programme has been beset by delays and the private sector’s reluctance to get involved more >

Putin may struggle to keep his western neighbours close

Russian president’s attempts at consolidating his ‘near abroad’ might have the opposite effect.more >

Zimbabwe and the sanctions myth

Alaco challenges Harare's claim that investor reluctance to engage with Zimbabwe is due to the international sanctions more >

Bolsonaro controversies mask economic progress in Brazil

Investors welcome the Brazilian president’s ambitious reform programme but worry about his apparent disdain for the environment.more >

Political and economic shock triggers interest in Bitcoin

The currency’s new-found low volatility strengthens its ‘digital gold‘ credentials.more >

Can Putin deliver his constitutional reforms?

Vladimir Putin’s momentous constitutional reform proposals are seen as a means of enabling him to retain power and influence after he steps down from the presidency in 2024. The proposed changes are wide-ranging, overhauling Russia's system of governance. They will be put to a referendum but, even if they are approved, their sheer scale may make them difficult to implement. more >

What lies behind oligarch impunity in Ukraine

Efforts to investigate financial crimes have been largely unsuccessful due to endemic corruption within the judiciary.more >

Soleimani killing puts spotlight on Iraqi militias

The US killing of Iranian military leader Qassem Soleimani has focused attention on Iran's involvement in Iraq, in particular its support for Shia militias, or Popular Mobilisation Forces.more >

Questions raised over Mexican leader’s war on graft

Lopez Obrador looks to be fulfilling his pledge to tackle corruption but his attitude towards independent institutions does not bode well. 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.