on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

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15.03.2019

Ukraine anti-corruption record under scrutiny in election run-up

Corruption is a top election issue as Ukrainians prepare to go to the polls, with many critical of the authorities efforts to stamp out the problem.more >
08.03.2019

Europe’s bid to salvage Iran nuclear deal under threat

A new trading channel circumventing US sanctions may falter over some Iranian lawmakers’ reluctance to adopt international financial regulations.more >
01.03.2019

Can the West’s financial squeeze end the Maduro regime?

Venezuela’s president is facing mounting pressure to give up power as the international community suggest unknown Juan Guaidó to run the oil-rich country. more >
25.02.2019

Ethiopia’s efforts to draw investors are undermined by ethnic violence

The country appears to be on the road to democracy and economic progress but ethnic divisions could prove to be an obstacle. more >
23.02.2019

China rushes to dominate global supply of lithium

Beijing’s race to control supplies of lithium, used in powering electric cars, is leaving its rivals far behind.more >
15.02.2019

Europe eyes eastern Med gas

Producer countries and neighbours in the region are stepping up efforts to export gas to European markets.more >
30.01.2019

Afghanistan is currently at an impasse - these are the options going forward

Alaco Senior Associate Jonathan Clare argues that Afghans should be given the opportunity to resolve their differences as the West’s attempts to do so have come to naught. more >
30.01.2019

Army’s critical role in Venezuelan power struggle

The Venezuelan army is likely to determine the outcome of the power struggle between President Nicolas Maduro and opposition leader Juan Guaidomore >
18.01.2019

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.more >
15.01.2019

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. 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.

Reconstructing Dushanbe

Days before my arrival in Dushanbe, a prison riot in the northern city of Khujand, allegedly sparked by Islamic state militants, led to the deaths of over 20 inmates and several guards, raising a few eyebrows in the office.

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