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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.
New “debt trap” concerns over China lending to Africa
Beijing’s critics will be watching for signs of it securing bigger stakes in Belt and Road projects in exchange for debt relief.
India can ill afford China trade boycott
Modi is urging self-reliance, but is India ready to limit economic ties with its regional rival?
Gulf rivalries could impact Horn of Africa stability
Competition for influence may deepen fault lines across the fragile peninsula.
Putin’s spin merchants flip the script as key referendum approaches
The president’s loyalists turn bad news into good ahead of referendum that could keep Putin in power long after his current term ends.
Covid-19 corruption risk spikes amid global procurement race
Graft risks heighten as governments forgo purchasing rules to stock up with vital equipment.
Could Saudi austerity hit foreign investment?
The pandemic has prompted measures that threaten to undermine the crown prince's ambitious economic transformation plans.
Renewables buck covid-driven energy investment downturn
Investors keep faith with green technologies as fossil fuel producers experience pandemic downturns.
US sanctions prompt China to cut most Iran oil supplies - officially at least
Declared imports have nosedived, but Beijing seems unwilling to shut off completely deliveries from its strategic partner.
Post-covid supply chains – reshoring vs resilience
Bringing Far East production closer to home may not be the most cost-effective or practical solution.
—Notes from the field