Notes from the field

Our work takes us all over the world. Here we share some of our more personal perspectives on some of the destinations we have visited, filed on location.


Kosovo grapples with transition

On a hot evening in June, Pristina’s main promenade, Mother Teresa Boulevard, has the relaxed, animated atmosphere of a holiday hotspot. Restaurant and bar terraces lining the walkway are full of young people, tanned and dressed in colourful clothes, chatting loudly while sipping local beer or raki. The rest of the city is quiet and peaceful. more >

Steppe change

There’s a sense of youthful excitement about Ulaanbaatar. Propelled by a boom in the mining sector, Mongolia’s capital is growing rapidly, noisily and, in some respects, uncontrollably. more >

Déjà vu in Malta

Fascinating to be back on the ground in Malta, almost 10 years since leaving the country. I was posted here as a diplomat in the late 1990s, in the run up to Malta’s EU accession and the re-establishment of British diplomatic relations with Libya. A decade later, and I am struck by the parallels. more >

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