on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence

17.06.2019

Sudan’s transition crisis: role of corruption

Some in the Transitional Military Council may be reluctant to submit to the scrutiny of a democratic administration.more >
14.06.2019

The roots of Moldova’s standoff

Why bitter political enemies have combined forces to precipitate the most serious political crisis ever faced by the country. more >
05.06.2019

US trails Russia and China in Arctic race

Washington exercised by its rivals’ rapid progress in harnessing the region’s resources and navigation potential as a new 'Great Game' emerges. more >
04.06.2019

Malaysia’s Mahathir: early promise dims

One year into his term, Malaysia’s prime minister has struggled to meet public expectations. more >
19.05.2019

Why Sudanese are wary of outside influence as they press for civilian rule

Sudanese protesters camped outside military headquarters in Khartoum are aware of the dangers of outside interference in their revolution. more >
10.05.2019

The great hedge: why the Philippines is mending fences with the US

Worried by Chinese militarism, President Duterte turns to an old ally for support.more >
25.04.2019

Old problems resurface in Zimbabwe

Hopes of an influx in investment in post-Mugabe era flounder, amid worsening finances and political violence.more >
27.03.2019

Will Ukraine’s election signal a new direction?

Elections this weekend may see the country step up its thus-far lacklustre reform efforts. more >
15.03.2019

Ukraine anti-corruption record under scrutiny in election run-up

Corruption is a top election issue as Ukrainians prepare to go to the polls, with many critical of the authorities efforts to stamp out the problem.more >
08.03.2019

Europe’s bid to salvage Iran nuclear deal under threat

A new trading channel circumventing US sanctions may falter over some Iranian lawmakers’ reluctance to adopt international financial regulations.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.

Reconstructing Dushanbe

Days before my arrival in Dushanbe, a prison riot in the northern city of Khujand, allegedly sparked by Islamic state militants, led to the deaths of over 20 inmates and several guards, raising a few eyebrows in the office.