on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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20.09.2019

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.more >
04.09.2019

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. more >
09.08.2019

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. more >
23.07.2019

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.more >
09.07.2019

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.more >
26.06.2019

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.more >
25.06.2019

Cryptocurrencies: the next chapter lies in regulation

Improving checks and balances to make the sector thrive.more >
17.06.2019

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.more >
14.06.2019

The roots of Moldova’s standoff

Why bitter political enemies have combined forces to precipitate the most serious political crisis ever faced by the country. more >
05.06.2019

US trails Russia and China in Arctic race

Washington exercised by its rivals’ rapid progress in harnessing the region’s resources and navigation potential as a new 'Great Game' emerges. more >

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.

Beirut’s controversial facelift

Although it is summer and the high season, there is an eeriness about Beirut’s city centre shopping arcades. The fashionable boutiques feature top international brands, yet but for the odd smattering of well-heeled shoppers, the stores appear largely devoid of customers. Nearby gleaming office blocks likewise seem bereft of activity. And some of the area’s glittering new apartment complexes also look distinctly vacant.