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Threat of sanctions can ensure smooth election in Moldova
Only concerted western pressure can break the current impasse on reform – a stasis that could destabilise the country.
Investors keep faith with Africa’s tech scene amid pandemic
Covid-defying foreign investment in IT reflects huge potential for mobile-driven commerce and development.
New sanctions offensive: OFAC blocks bad actors’ crypto addresses
The battle against financial crime has been strengthened by Washington’s blacklisting of cryptocurrency addresses used to facilitate illicit cyber activity.
China thwarts neighbours’ energy ambitions
“Bullying” in the South China Sea threatens littoral states’ hydrocarbon exploration efforts.
How Alaco made Headlines in Africa
The story behind Alaco’s investigation refuting alleged financial crime in Botswana.
Unintended consequences abound with new US sanctions on Syria
Caesar sanctions aimed at bringing Assad to heel could potentially further immiserate Syrian civilians.
Botswana financial scandal implicating ex-leader exposed as fabrication
British lawyers work with Alaco to reveal a stream of baseless allegations against the former president.
Why Libya’s arms embargo is failing
Frequent violations of the weapons ban expose serious monitoring and enforcement flaws.
Western Balkans’ labour pains
Foreign investment in the more productive sectors of the region’s economy may be put at risk by skills shortages driven by high levels of migration.
New ‘debt trap’ concerns over China lending to Africa
Beijing’s critics will be watching for signs of it securing bigger stakes in Belt and Road projects in exchange for debt relief.
—Notes from the field