on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects

03.12.2017

Why Saudi detainees are paying for their freedom

Saudi Arabia's corruption crackdown looks like a plot to shore up the country’s depleted coffers — but it won't work. more >
19.01.2018

Alaco Insight Report: Key players in Zimbabwe speak of economic hopes

Alaco canvasses the views of leading stakeholders on the likelihood of a recovery under the country’s new leader. more >
17.01.2018

Sri Lankans sceptical of China’s investment rush

Huge Chinese-funded infrastructure projects raise hopes and concerns in equal measure.more >
09.01.2018

Macri marches on as divided Peronists wait for him to slip up

An electoral boost gives new impetus to the Argentinian leader’s reform programme but it needs to start delivering soonmore >
28.12.2017

Why Iraq’s premier needs to win the war on graft before reconstruction begins

Corruption could prove to be a formidable foe, but it must be overcome if Iraq is to rebuild after its victory over IS.more >
13.12.2017

What Mnangagwa needs to deliver to resurrect Zimbabwe’s economy

One priority involves making effective use of the country’s abundant natural resources.more >
23.11.2017

Passport-for-sale loophole in new global tax evasion crackdown

An international effort to bolster tax transparency may be blunted by offshore investors exploiting a significant shortcoming. more >
17.11.2017

Russia’s upcoming elections may derail Putin’s biggest critic

The outcome of Russia’s presidential ballot next March appears a forgone conclusion, yet the vote is not quite the irrelevance it might seem. more >
07.11.2017

Saudi Arabia: MbS tears up the rule book

The fourth of November 2017 will go down as a significant date in Saudi history. The purge by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (commonly referred to as MbS) of so many well-known members of the ruling class is completely unprecedented.more >
03.11.2017

Fossil fuel giant Iran champions green energy

In an effort to meet rising energy demand and cut alarming levels of pollution, Iran is courting European renewables investors.more >
24.10.2017

Why Lebanon should think twice before postponing reforms

The government may choose to shelve painful fiscal reforms, but it should be wary of relying on future oil and gas wealth to address its looming debt crisis.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.

Tunisia starts to show signs of economic recovery

Tunis has all the trappings of a great Mediterranean city, but the visitors that once thronged its beaches, corniche and historic centre are these days few and far between. The terraces of Gammarth’s swanky hotels, where you used to struggle to find a table, are now mostly occupied by wealthy Tunisois, business travellers and the odd tourist.

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