on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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15.06.2018

Breakthrough in Iraqi coalition talks

Negotiations between Iraqi politicians on forming a new government have delivered a surprising outcome. The winner of the May 12 parliamentary elections Moqtada al-Sadr, an Iraqi nationalist, has announced a seemingly unlikely pact with the runner-up in the ballot, Hadi al-Amiri, who is close to Iran. more >
13.06.2018

Angola’s debt reliance on China may leave it short-changed

Beijing's loans-for-oil ties with country sap Luanda's foreign exchange reserves.more >
13.06.2018

Can Latvia clean up its troubled banking sector?

US pressure prompts anti-money laundering measures but also exposes limitations of European regulatory oversight.more >
31.05.2018

Insight Report: Rise of Arab startups offers hope for region’s sluggish economies.

New digital businesses, following in the footsteps of western counterparts, are starting to change the Arab world’s economic landscape. more >
27.05.2018

Saudi Arabia woos Iraq to stem Iranian influence

Riyadh has forged an unlikely alliance with Baghdad's new kingmaker, Muqtada al-Sadr, a Shi'ite militant-turned-Iraqi nationalist. But do the Saudis have the self-control not to push Iran too hard, and too far?more >
16.05.2018

Angola’s unlikely reformer

Derided as a puppet of the former dos Santos regime, President Joao Lourenco is proving his doubters wrong.more >
04.05.2018

New twist in US sanctions policy on Russia

The latest US measures against Russia have generated headlines, not least because of their apparent randomness. In this Alaco podcast, we assess the significance and implications of the sanctions for western businesses and investors. more >
20.04.2018

Scandal-hit Najib poised for Malaysia poll victory as 1MDB concerns fade

Prime minister likely to be re-elected despite state investment fund affair more >
27.03.2018

Pakistan’s risky reliance on China set to grow

A fall out with the US could leave Pakistan more vulnerable to Chinese economic muscle.more >
19.03.2018

South America’s shift to the right still to bear economic fruit

Progress on market reforms appears to be stalling amid resistance from opposition-dominated parliaments and fears of populist backlashes.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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