Yigal Chazan

Yigal Chazan is the head of content at Alaco, a London-based business intelligence consultancy.

Unintended Consequences Abound with New US Sanctions on Syria

Syria, CC Flickr, Isaac, Modified, https://www.flickr.com/photos/yishac/9384838325/in/, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/

The US ‘Caesar sanctions,’ aimed at forcing the Assad regime to negotiate, could potentially further immiserate the country’s long-suffering people.

COVID-19 Corruption Risk Spikes amid Global Procurement Race

cc Flickr Oregon National Guard, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/, modified,

Graft risks are mounting as governments around the world forgo purchasing rules to stock up on vital equipment.

LNG Imports and New Supply Challenge Russia’s Hold on European Gas Market


LNG imports and Azeri pipelines look set to lessen Europe’s dependence on Russian supplies, potentially limiting Moscow’s political and economic influence over the region.

Russia’s ‘National Projects’ in Need of a Lift

Logo of the National Projects fund in Russia, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Logo_of_the_National_Projects_of_Russia.svg, modified

A Keynesian stimulus program has been beset by delays and the private sector’s reluctance to get involved.

Putin May Struggle to Keep His Western Neighbors Close

LukaPutin, cc Kremlin.ru, modified, http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/54178

The Russian president’s attempts at consolidating his ‘near abroad’ might have the opposite effect.

Bolsonaro Controversies Mask Economic Progress in Brazil

cc Palácio do Planalto, modified, Flickr, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Investors welcome the Brazilian president’s ambitious reform program, but worry about his apparent disdain for the environment.

Questions Raised over Mexican Leader’s War on Graft

AMLO in Valladolid, 2012; cc Marysol* Flickr, modified, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Lopez Obrador looks to be fulfilling his pledge to tackle corruption but his attitude towards independent institutions does not bode well.

Can Blockchain Help Rid Tech Products of ‘Conflict Minerals’?

Miner, cc Deo Photographer, modifeid, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Search&limit=500&offset=0&ns0=1&ns6=1&ns14=1&search=africa+mine&advancedSearch-current=%7B%7D&searchToken=74ari222q016v8zsx26p48rmg#%2Fmedia%2FFile%3AMine_boy.jpg

Distributed ledger technology is being used in efforts to remove conflict minerals from supply chains – but it doesn’t have all the answers.

How Iraq Is Helping Iran Survive US Sanctions

Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo meets with Iraqi Prime Minister Adil Abdul-Mahdi, Baghdad, Iraq, May 7, 2019., cc Flickr US Department of State, modified, http://www.usa.gov/copyright.shtml

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

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