on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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06.11.2019

Impact of new Syrian crisis on Turkish-Iraqi Kurd relations

The Turkish incursion into northern Syria has left the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq in a difficult position. While the KRG has expressed concerns for ethnic kin in Syria, it has to be careful not to jeopardise its crucial, some would say lifeline, commercial trade with Turkey. more >
25.10.2019

How effective are western sanctions against Russia?

Sanctions have steadily increased in recent years yet the Russian economy, though struggling, appears to be surprisingly resilient.more >
18.10.2019

US weighs lifting terror-related sanctions against Sudan

Removal of restrictions may be key to consolidating the fragile new power-sharing administration. more >
15.10.2019

Headstrong Saudi Crown Prince confronts sobering realities

Mohammed bin Salman billed himself as the young strongman who could transform Saudi Arabia. Two years later, he has little to show for it.more >
11.10.2019

Investors in Africa face hidden sanctions risks

As formerly volatile parts of Africa become more attractive, ongoing sanctions mean the need for foreign investors to know exactly who they are dealing with has never been greater.more >
24.09.2019

US-European rift over sanctions threatens their effectiveness

Some American measures are raising hackles in Europe, militating against future coordinated action.more >
20.09.2019

America’s ‘maximum pressure’ sanctions create major compliance headaches

The US president's tough sanctions policy has meant US and non-US companies must navigate an ever more complex regulatory environment.more >
04.09.2019

US should go easy on Vietnam

Just as it did with China, the US may penalise Vietnam for its growing trade surplus but there are good strategic reasons for holding back. more >
09.08.2019

India’s shaky shadow banks give Modi a financial headache

Non-banking financial companies have been hit by a liquidity crunch that threatens to starve many businesses of credit. more >
23.07.2019

Why Brussels is unnerved by China’s Balkan overtures

Beijing sees the former Yugoslavia as a key element of its plan for greater access to European markets, but its investments in the region are a mixed blessing.more >

Notes from the field

Our work takes us all over the world. Here we share some of our more personal perspectives on some of the destinations we have visited, filed on location.

Beirut experiences controversial facelift

Although it is summer and the high season, there is an eeriness about Beirut’s city centre shopping arcades. The fashionable boutiques feature top international brands, yet but for the odd smattering of well-heeled shoppers, the stores appear largely devoid of customers. Nearby gleaming office blocks likewise seem bereft of activity. And some of the area’s glittering new apartment complexes also look distinctly vacant.