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on assignment, Sana'a
Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
Ethiopia’s economy rides out anti-government unrest
While the recent upheavals unnerved foreign investors, the economy continues to grow apace.
Ukraine’s Naftogaz still stymied by gas market monopolies
The state-owned energy company’s progress is being frustrated by its inability to sell directly to consumers.
Storm brewing over new US sanctions on Russia
Draft legislation toughening measures against Russia is proving divisive both at home and abroad.
Russian pipeline dispute escalates as US enters the fray
American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe.
Saudi succession twist might deepen conflict with Iran
While the surprise elevation of the King’s son as crown prince could help boost the economy, it may be bad news for regional stability.
India and Afghanistan attempt to bypass their obstructive neighbour
New transport links circumventing Pakistan could prove to be economic game-changers.
Tunisia’s anti-corruption efforts threatened by controversial amnesty plans
A new wave of arrests comes as the authorities consider pardon for Ben Ali-era cronies.
Australians fret over surging Chinese investment in property market
Housing bubble aside, some investors may be breaching foreign ownership regulations and laundering money.
As strongholds fall ISIS is rushing to funnel money out of Syria and Iraq
The group is smuggling funds into neighbouring countries then laundering them through the financial system.
Making sense of the Qatar crisis
The Saudi-led Gulf alliance’s move against the tiny state has been dramatic, but it is the culmination of tensions that have been brewing for many years.
—Notes from the field