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Notes from the field
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.
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.
The pitfalls of cryptocurrency risk assessment
The US sanctions agency OFAC’s ground-breaking inclusion of bitcoin addresses in sanctions lists highlights the challenges of determining risk in digital currencies.
US-European rift over sanctions threatens their effectiveness
Some American measures are raising hackles in Europe, militating against future coordinated action.
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.
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.
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.
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.
—Notes from the field