on assignment, Dubai

on assignment, Dubai

Our insight

Collective intelligence


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 >

Malaysia’s Mahathir: early promise dims

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

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 >

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 >

Old problems resurface in Zimbabwe

Hopes of an influx in investment in post-Mugabe era flounder, amid worsening finances and political violence.more >

Will Ukraine’s election signal a new direction?

Elections this weekend may see the country step up its thus-far lacklustre reform efforts. more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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.