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Notes from the field
A rise in crime in Ukraine casts a shadow over police reform
A much heralded new police force appears to be struggling to deal with an upsurge in criminality, further undermining confidence in the government’s reforms.
Argentinian nerves jangle as Macri overhauls the economy
The country’s President has prescribed some tough economic medicine in an effort to attract foreign investment.
Russian innovation stymied by brain drain
Russia’s attempts to encourage technological innovation are being undermined by its failure to stem the emigration of many of its brightest minds.
Italian banking crisis deepens
A post-Brexit fall in shares and anxiety over EU stress test results have compounded the problems faced by the country’s troubled banks.
Taliban loot Afghan mineral riches
Illegal mining is fuelling the Taliban insurgency, threatening to turn the country’s vast mineral wealth into a ‘resource curse’.
Vladimir Putin’s sports strategy is in tatters after Russia Rio ban
The Russian president’s attempts to project his country’s strength through sporting success have been dealt a huge blow.
Mongolia gropes for path out of economic hangover
FT beyond.brics.com Mongolia: Mongolia’s economic recovery will depend on the new government’s ability successfully to engage with foreign partners.
Struggling Zimbabwe hoping for financial lifeline
Protests over the dire state of the economy gain traction as donors consider bailing out the debt-ridden country.
Putin adds soft power to his armoury
The Russian President looks to win hearts and minds with his own unique approach to international persuasion.
Colombia at risk of post-FARC instability
The Colombian government looks set to sign a peace deal to end its decades-long conflict with FARC, but organised crime groups seem poised to fill the power vacuum left by the rebels.
—Notes from the field