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Notes from the field
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.
Russia’s hold on European gas market challenged
LNG imports and Azeri pipeline look set to lessen Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies, potentially limiting Moscow’s political and economic influence over the region.
Europe struggles to salvage Iran nuclear deal
American sanctions leave Europe unable to offer Iran the economic support it demands for compliance.
As Uzbekistan comes in from the cold, foreign investors eye opportunity
Once closed and restrictive, the Uzbek economy is opening up though political change seems a distant prospect.
Pademic redrawing global investment landscape
Covid-19 expected to trigger plunge in foreign direct investment and reinforce protectionist policies among leading recipients.
—Notes from the field