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Notes from the field
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.
How Iraq Is helping Iran survive US sanctions
There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.
Mutual economic interest draws Israel and Arab neighbours closer
Gas and water deals either planned or under way, as commercial and environmental interests take precedence over geopolitical rivalries.
Peronism may be on course for a comeback in Argentina
Free-marketeer Mauricio Macri has struggled to turn Argentina's sclerotic economy around, leaving the door open for Peronist cheerleader Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
Cryptocurrencies: the next chapter lies in regulation
Improving checks and balances to make the sector thrive.
Sudan’s transition crisis: role of corruption
Some in the Transitional Military Council may be reluctant to submit to the scrutiny of a democratic administration.
The roots of Moldova’s standoff
Why bitter political enemies have combined forces to precipitate the most serious political crisis ever faced by the country.
US trails Russia and China in Arctic race
Washington exercised by its rivals’ rapid progress in harnessing the region’s resources and navigation potential as a new 'Great Game' emerges.
Malaysia’s Mahathir: early promise dims
One year into his term, Malaysia’s prime minister has struggled to meet public expectations.
Why Sudanese are wary of outside influence as they press for civilian rule
Sudanese protesters camped outside military headquarters in Khartoum are aware of the dangers of outside interference in their revolution.
—Notes from the field