on assignment, Sana'a

on assignment, Sana'a

Collective Intelligence

Alaco's writing on a range of subjects


How India’s demonetisation experiment is defying the odds

While demonetisation appears to be defying expectations, opinion remains divided over the speed and secrecy of the move. more >

As presidential election nears, Iran’s hardliners flex their muscles

Emboldened conservatives look set to step up their influence over the country whether they win or not.more >

Will Trump’s demand for reforms halt US-Cuba rapprochement?

Market forces and economic needs may lead to further engagement, despite Republicans' criticism of Obama's diplomacy.more >

Trump leaves Asia door open for China to dominate trade

Beijing’s backing for regional agreement puts US influence at risk.more >

Is Ecuador set to defy Latin America’s shift to the right?

A left-wing candidate is leading the polls in the country’s upcoming presidential election, but a corruption scandal implicating his party may make it a close-run contest. more >

Investors unnerved by Turkish turmoil

Many investors appear to have taken fright at Turkey's instability and the course that President Erdogan has set.more >

Brussels faces mounting calls for whistle-blower protection

European parliamentarians and civil society groups want legal safeguards for those prepared to disclose wrongdoing.more >

Russia makes big play for Iranian trade

Moscow seizes the opportunity to strengthen economic ties with Tehran as western investors sit on the sidelines.more >

Tensions rise as Algeria’s leaders feud and the economy stagnates

Preoccupied with a power struggle sparked by the President’s failing health, the country’s top officials appear to have little desire to implement reforms aimed at weaning the country off its dependence on oil.more >

A matter of perception – the rise of TI’s corruption ranking

Transparency International’s CPI index is seen as the leading survey of global corruption, although questions over its scope suggest it should be used in conjunction with other measures of graft and governance.more >

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