on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence


What next for Sandu?

After her electoral victory, Moldova’s new president will seek to fend off old guard opponents as she sets a European path for her country.more >

Moldova’s election result is a blow to Russia’s regional dominance

The victory of the pro-Western politician Maia Sandu shows Putin is losing his grip over Russia’s near abroad.more >

Corruption fight devolves into a new constitutional crisis in Ukraine

President wants to disband the country’s constitutional court after it reversed key reforms. more >

US signals support for European infrastructure overhaul

In the dying days of the Trump presidency, the US pledges funds for efforts to close huge development gap between western and eastern European countries. more >

Threat of sanctions can ensure smooth election in Moldova

Only concerted western pressure can break the current impasse on reform – a stasis that could destabilise the country.more >

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 >

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 >

China thwarts neighbours’ energy ambitions

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

How Alaco made Headlines in Africa

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

Unintended consequences abound with new US sanctions on Syria

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