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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.
Foreign investors jittery amid Myanmar refugee crisis
Western companies have been slow to exploit opportunities in Myanmar, with the upheavals in Rakhine state likely to further dampen their interest.
Iran and North Korea: why sanctions have worked to defuse one nuclear crisis but not the other
Sanctions helped to bring Tehran to the negotiating table, but those against Pyongyang may make it harder to resolve the North Korean crisis.
US conflict mineral rule under threat
A regulation credited with promoting greater supply chain transparency appears to have been weakened, and may eventually be repealed.
Trouble brewing for Saudi heir
As Mohammed bin Salman prepares for his ascent, he is facing growing discontent among members of the royal family and ordinary Saudis.
Turkey risks blowback with mooted Kurdistan sanctions
Cutting a Kurdish oil pipeline could undermine Turkish economic and security interests
Modi’s bumpy anti-corruption drive
The Indian premier’s attempt to tackle ‘black money’ and financial crime is proving controversial.
Brazil’s corruption scandals undercut promising privatisation, pension reform
With his reform programme under strain, President Temer is embarking on a big privatisation programme to promote growth.
Egypt’s economic recovery overshadowed by political turbulence
Investors are showing renewed interest in Egypt as economic reforms take effect, but the stability that underpins the turnaround is under strain.
—Notes from the field