Regardless of the future, Libra has made its presence felt

Facebook’s controversial cryptocurrency may not survive the scrutiny, but the debate it has sparked has done much to progress digital asset regulation.more >

Can blockchain help to rid tech products of ‘conflict minerals’?

Distributed ledger technology used in efforts to remove minerals linked to conflicts from supply chains – but it doesn’t have all the answers. more >

Rogue states look to cryptocurrencies to counter sanctions

Rogue states subject to punitive international sanctions are reportedly turning to cryptocurrencies to try to mitigate their impact. Iran, Venezuela, Russia and North Korea are said to be experimenting with blockchain technology to get around prohibitions on dollar-denominated transactions. more >

Impact of new Syrian crisis on Turkish-Iraqi Kurd relations

The Turkish incursion into northern Syria has left the leaders of the Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq in a difficult position. While the KRG has expressed concerns for ethnic kin in Syria, it has to be careful not to jeopardise its crucial, some would say lifeline, commercial trade with Turkey. more >

How effective are western sanctions against Russia?

Sanctions have steadily increased in recent years yet the Russian economy, though struggling, appears to be surprisingly resilient.more >

US weighs lifting terror-related sanctions against Sudan

Removal of restrictions may be key to consolidating the fragile new power-sharing administration. more >

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.more >

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.more >

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.more >

US-European rift over sanctions threatens their effectiveness

Some American measures are raising hackles in Europe, militating against future coordinated action.more >

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