on assignment, Sana'a

on assignment, Sana'a

Collective Intelligence

Alaco's writing on a range of subjects


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 >

Re-empowered Rouhani still faces struggle to woo investors

Iran’s investment prospects remain bleak, despite its reformist leader’s emphatic re-election victory.more >

India and China’s tug of war over Sri Lanka

India sets out to exert greater economic influence to check China’s efforts to turn the island into a maritime hub along its planned ‘One Belt, One Road’ trading route.more >

Netanyahu under pressure as media corruption and graft probes gather pace

Investigations shine a light on the controversial role of newspapers and business in Israeli politics.more >

Brazil’s Temer faces biggest challenge yet

Temer pushes ahead with unpopular reforms as corruption allegations threaten to hobble his government. more >

Calm returns to Nigeria’s oil-producing Delta - but for how long?

While a fragile truce is allowing Nigeria to step up oil output, a resolution of the crisis is likely to take some time.more >

US sanctions: some red lines are redder than others

Just as the US imposes new sanctions on Syria for chemical weapons attacks, it eases measures against Sudan despite evidence of similar abuses.more >

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