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Notes from the field
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.
Corruption fight devolves into a new constitutional crisis in Ukraine
President wants to disband the country’s constitutional court after it reversed key reforms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
China thwarts neighbours’ energy ambitions
“Bullying” in the South China Sea threatens littoral states’ hydrocarbon exploration efforts.
How Alaco made Headlines in Africa
The story behind Alaco’s investigation refuting alleged financial crime in Botswana.
Unintended consequences abound with new US sanctions on Syria
Caesar sanctions aimed at bringing Assad to heel could potentially further immiserate Syrian civilians.
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.
—Notes from the field