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on assignment, Sana'a
Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
Pakistan’s risky reliance on China set to grow
A fall out with the US could leave Pakistan more vulnerable to Chinese economic muscle.
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.
Is Putin raiding Russia’s banks?
An overhaul of the country's private banks gathers momentum, raising concerns in some quarters.
Race to exploit Mediterranean gas raises regional hackles
Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon vie over claims to gas reserves
Problems stack up for Saudi Crown Prince
Nearly nine months after a palace coup confirmed him as king-in-waiting, MbS’s controversial stewardship of the kingdom has left him looking isolated and vulnerable.
Questions raised about ‘piecemeal’ approach to tackling UK corruption
Police gain new powers to seize the assets of corrupt individuals, but a key weapon in their anti-graft armoury is missing.
Lebanon’s enforcement of US Hezbollah sanctions leaves Salameh with tough balancing act
In enforcing US anti-money laundering legislation targeting Hezbollah, Central Bank Governor must ensure ordinary Shia are not penalised.
Fresh doubts raised over Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts
Progress on rooting out graft is being put at risk by resistance to greater transparency.
What prompted North Korea to start talking?
Sanctions or threat of military strike – the latter seems more likely.
Russia’s rich and powerful fret over upcoming wealth disclosure
A report by the US Treasury is set to lift the lid on the extent of their assets, possibly damaging their business interests at home and abroad.
—Notes from the field