on assignment, Sana'a

on assignment, Sana'a

Collective Intelligence

Alaco's writing on a range of subjects

20.10.2017

Foreign investors jittery amid Myanmar refugee crisis

Western companies have been slow to exploit opportunities in Myanmar, with the upheavals in Rakhine state likely to further dampen their interest.more >
13.10.2017

Iran and North Korea: why sanctions have worked to defuse one nuclear crisis but not the other

Sanctions helped to bring Tehran to the negotiating table, but those against Pyongyang may make it harder to resolve the North Korean crisis.more >
06.10.2017

US conflict mineral rule under threat

A regulation credited with promoting greater supply chain transparency appears to have been weakened, and may eventually be repealed.more >
03.10.2017

Trouble brewing for Saudi heir

As Mohammed bin Salman prepares for his ascent, he is facing growing discontent among members of the royal family and ordinary Saudis.more >
26.09.2017

Turkey risks blowback with mooted Kurdistan sanctions

Cutting a Kurdish oil pipeline could undermine Turkish economic and security interestsmore >
20.09.2017

Modi’s bumpy anti-corruption drive

The Indian premier’s attempt to tackle ‘black money’ and financial crime is proving controversial.more >
12.09.2017

Brazil’s corruption scandals undercut promising privatisation, pension reform

With his reform programme under strain, President Temer is embarking on a big privatisation programme to promote growth. more >
09.08.2017

Egypt’s economic recovery overshadowed by political turbulence

Investors are showing renewed interest in Egypt as economic reforms take effect, but the stability that underpins the turnaround is under strain.more >
04.08.2017

Can the Philippines afford Duterte’s infrastructure spending spree?

Some fear huge construction programme aimed to boost employment and foreign investment could rack up unsustainable debts.more >
27.07.2017

UK companies face export perils

Those who unwittingly flout anti-bribery laws and trade restrictions risk heavy fines and reputational damage.more >

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