on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence

23.06.2020

Putin’s spin merchants flip the script as key referendum approaches

The president’s loyalists turn bad news into good ahead of referendum that could keep Putin in power long after his current term ends. more >
17.06.2020

Covid-19 corruption risk spikes amid global procurement race

Graft risks heighten as governments forgo purchasing rules to stock up with vital equipment.more >
08.06.2020

Could Saudi austerity hit foreign investment?

The pandemic has prompted measures that threaten to undermine the crown prince's ambitious economic transformation plans.more >
27.05.2020

Renewables buck covid-driven energy investment downturn

Investors keep faith with green technologies as fossil fuel producers experience pandemic downturns.more >
21.05.2020

US sanctions prompt China to cut most Iran oil supplies - officially at least

Declared imports have nosedived, but Beijing seems unwilling to shut off completely deliveries from its strategic partner. more >
14.05.2020

Post-covid supply chains – reshoring vs resilience

Bringing Far East production closer to home may not be the most cost-effective or practical solution.more >
06.05.2020

Russia’s hold on European gas market challenged

LNG imports and Azeri pipeline look set to lessen Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies, potentially limiting Moscow’s political and economic influence over the region.more >
16.04.2020

Europe struggles to salvage Iran nuclear deal

American sanctions leave Europe unable to offer Iran the economic support it demands for compliance.more >
10.04.2020

As Uzbekistan comes in from the cold, foreign investors eye opportunity

Once closed and restrictive, the Uzbek economy is opening up though political change seems a distant prospect.more >
03.04.2020

Pademic redrawing global investment landscape

Covid-19 expected to trigger plunge in foreign direct investment and reinforce protectionist policies among leading recipients. 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.

Lebanon’s turmoil

Beirut’s banks are in the eye of a storm. In and around the city centre, the epicentre of a months-long protest over economic mismanagement, some branches have been daubed with graffiti, others have had their windows and ATMs smashed. They are so short of hard currency that informal capital controls have been imposed, infuriating customers desperate for dollars.