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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
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.
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.
—Notes from the field