on assignment, Sana'a

on assignment, Sana'a

Collective Intelligence

Alaco's writing on a range of subjects

16.03.2018

Is Putin raiding Russia’s banks?

An overhaul of the country's private banks gathers momentum, raising concerns in some quarters. more >
09.03.2018

Race to exploit Mediterranean gas raises regional hackles

Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon vie over claims to gas reserves more >
23.02.2018

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.more >
19.02.2018

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.more >
14.02.2018

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.more >
09.02.2018

Fresh doubts raised over Ukraine’s anti-corruption efforts

Progress on rooting out graft is being put at risk by resistance to greater transparency.more >
26.01.2018

What prompted North Korea to start talking?

Sanctions or threat of military strike – the latter seems more likely.more >
26.01.2018

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.more >
25.01.2018

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. more >
19.01.2018

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. more >

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