There has been a lot of talk in Washington about the hostile relations between Russia and Iran and things going further haywire. But the current geopolitical and business alliances sketch a different perspective. The February visit to Tehran of Russia’s first deputy prime minister, Igor Shuvalov, concentrated on continuing negotiations for a free trade zone…

Constructing a clear focus on Libya’s economic and political situation presents one of the major challenges of geopolitical storytelling. This is partially due to the country’s complexities, as well as the unclear foreign policy decisions of the United States and its new President Donald Trump; in particular, his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin at…

“15 years of the war on terror: much was said, but what was achieved?” That was the question that occupied the minds of some of the region’s most well-respected diplomats, political analysts, academics and policy wonks at the second Al Arabiya Global Discussions Forum that got underway in Dubai today. Assessing the steady resurgence of…

As Tehran and world powers clinch a nuclear deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against Iran, AMEinfo, sister magazine of TRENDS, interviews international sanctions lawyer Sarosh Zaiwalla, who has a number of high-profile Iranian clients including Bank Mellat, Bank Tejarat and Petropars. Q. How do you view the deal? Any kind of settlement agreement is…

The geopolitical disorder across the Middle East and North Africa is part of a strategic competition that is playing out and could lead to major changes in the Arab world, senior government ministers said in a session at the World Economic Forum (WEF) on MENA regarding the geostrategic outlook for the region. “We are in…