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Angola’s unlikely reformer
Derided as a puppet of the former dos Santos regime, President Joao Lourenco is proving his doubters wrong.
New twist in US sanctions policy on Russia
The latest US measures against Russia have generated headlines, not least because of their apparent randomness. In this Alaco podcast, we assess the significance and implications of the sanctions for western businesses and investors.
Scandal-hit Najib poised for Malaysia poll victory as 1MDB concerns fade
Prime minister likely to be re-elected despite state investment fund affair
Pakistan’s risky reliance on China set to grow
A fall out with the US could leave Pakistan more vulnerable to Chinese economic muscle.
South America’s shift to the right still to bear economic fruit
Progress on market reforms appears to be stalling amid resistance from opposition-dominated parliaments and fears of populist backlashes.
Is Putin raiding Russia’s banks?
An overhaul of the country's private banks gathers momentum, raising concerns in some quarters.
Race to exploit Mediterranean gas raises regional hackles
Turkey, Egypt, Cyprus, Israel and Lebanon vie over claims to gas reserves
Problems stack up for Saudi Crown Prince
Nearly nine months after a palace coup confirmed him as king-in-waiting, MbS’s controversial stewardship of the kingdom has left him looking isolated and vulnerable.
Questions raised about ‘piecemeal’ approach to tackling UK corruption
Police gain new powers to seize the assets of corrupt individuals, but a key weapon in their anti-graft armoury is missing.
Lebanon’s enforcement of US Hezbollah sanctions leaves Salameh with tough balancing act
In enforcing US anti-money laundering legislation targeting Hezbollah, Central Bank Governor must ensure ordinary Shia are not penalised.
—Notes from the field