on assignment, Sana'a

on assignment, Sana'a

Collective Intelligence

Alaco's writing on a range of subjects


Storm brewing over new US sanctions on Russia

Draft legislation toughening measures against Russia is proving divisive both at home and abroad. more >

Russian pipeline dispute escalates as US enters the fray

American sanctions threat fuels tensions surrounding Russia’s plans to expand gas supplies to Europe. more >

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. more >

India and Afghanistan attempt to bypass their obstructive neighbour

New transport links circumventing Pakistan could prove to be economic game-changers.more >

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.more >

Australians fret over surging Chinese investment in property market

Housing bubble aside, some investors may be breaching foreign ownership regulations and laundering money.more >

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.more >

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.more >

Labour offers new thinking on addressing supply chain risks

If, as expected, the Conservatives triumph in Thursday’s general election, they would do well to consider adopting some of their rivals’ ideas around corporate accountability, a growing concern among the general public.more >

Middle East challenges to dispute resolution professionals

Despite new arbitration and enforcement laws in Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States – and even Dubai – remain challenging jurisdictions for the enforcement of international arbitral awards and judgments. more >

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