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Alaco's writing on a range of subjects
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.
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credited with promoting greater supply chain transparency appears to have been weakened, and may eventually be repealed.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.
—Notes from the field