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Notes from the field
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.
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.
—Notes from the field