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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
Re-empowered Rouhani still faces struggle to woo investors
Iran’s investment prospects remain bleak, despite its reformist leader’s emphatic re-election victory.
India and China’s tug of war over Sri Lanka
India sets out to exert greater economic influence to check China’s efforts to turn the island into a maritime hub along its planned ‘One Belt, One Road’ trading route.
Netanyahu under pressure as media corruption and graft probes gather pace
Investigations shine a light on the controversial role of newspapers and business in Israeli politics.
Brazil’s Temer faces biggest challenge yet
Temer pushes ahead with unpopular reforms as corruption allegations threaten to hobble his government.
Calm returns to Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta - but for how long?
While a fragile truce is allowing Nigeria to step up oil output, a resolution of the crisis is likely to take some time.
Warsaw’s turf war
The capital grapples with a property ownership controversy that has caused a political storm.
Nuclear deal looms large as Iran’s presidential election approaches
Ebrahim Raisi has emerged as a strong conservative contender who can take advantage of the disappointment with the meagre dividends from the end of sanctions.
Foreign investors resuscitating Egypt’s sickly economy
Many fled after the fall of Mubarak, but they are now showing renewed interest as reforms linked to a major IMF loan take effect.
Can Macri mend Argentina’s economy before October’s elections?
While there is evidence of economic green shoots, President Macri is finding it hard to secure foreign direct investment as an important electoral test of his reforms approaches.
Russia emerges as a wheat superpower
Russian grain producers lead agricultural revival that has seen record food exports.
—Notes from the field