on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence

16.07.2019

How Iraq Is helping Iran survive US sanctions

There seems little Washington can do to prevent Iraq becoming a key Iranian trading partner and energy customer.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 >
04.06.2019

Malaysia’s Mahathir: early promise dims

One year into his term, Malaysia’s prime minister has struggled to meet public expectations. more >
19.05.2019

Why Sudanese are wary of outside influence as they press for civilian rule

Sudanese protesters camped outside military headquarters in Khartoum are aware of the dangers of outside interference in their revolution. more >
10.05.2019

The great hedge: why the Philippines is mending fences with the US

Worried by Chinese militarism, President Duterte turns to an old ally for support.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.