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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.
Fossil fuel giant Iran champions green energy
In an effort to meet rising energy demand and cut alarming levels of pollution, Iran is courting European renewables investors.
Why Lebanon should think twice before postponing reforms
The government may choose to shelve painful fiscal reforms, but it should be wary of relying on future oil and gas wealth to address its looming debt crisis.
—Notes from the field