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Burkina gold miners shaken by Islamic terror
Burkina Faso’s thriving gold mining sector has been rattled by a new wave of Islamist violence and sporadic outbreaks of interethnic conflict.
US plays risky game in Iraq over Iranian sanctions waivers
The US is only offering Iraq limited exemptions from sanctions on Iran in an apparent attempt to draw concessions from the Baghdad government. The strategy carries significant risks.
Amid trade war tensions, is Israel getting too close to China for America’s comfort?
Chinese redevelopment of an Israeli port heightens American concerns over its ally’s growing commercial relationship with Beijing.
Sanctions are just the beginning for Iran
The economic blow to Tehran will be compounded if it fails to comply with global financial transparency rules.
DRC elections to see Kabila finally leave the stage
After two years of procrastination, the DRC President agrees to step down but the transfer of power may not be so smooth.
Western Sahara talks revive green energy hopes
Resolution to the conflict could provide the missing piece to Morocco’s green energy jigsaw.
A possible upside to the US-China trade war
Southeast Asian countries may gain from shifting production linked to the tit-for-tat tariff dispute.
The seeds of Venezuela’s economic crisis
As conditions continue to deteriorate, Alaco explains how under-investment in and mismanagement of the country’s energy resources foreshadowed the country’s dire financial problems.
Seoul is testing US patience over North Korea sanctions
South Korea's Moon Jae-in risks breaching American and UN measures in wooing Pyongyang.
How lack of international cooperation may limit impact of US sanctions on Iran
America's unilateral withdrawal from the international nuclear deal may undermine enforcement of its snapback sanctions, aimed at wringing new concessions from Tehran.
—Notes from the field