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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
Russia’s east struggles to lure investors
Putin will have to do more to reduce business risks and other disincentives in order to draw hoped-for East Asian investment into Russia’s resource-rich Far East.
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.
Sri Lankans sceptical of China’s investment rush
Huge Chinese-funded infrastructure projects raise hopes and concerns in equal measure.
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 soon
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.
What Mnangagwa needs to deliver to resurrect Zimbabwe’s economy
One priority involves making effective use of the country’s abundant natural resources.
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.
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.
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.
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.
—Notes from the field