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…

“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…

Russian defense equipment manufacturer Almaz-Antey seems to be caught in the cesspool of politics surrounding the crash of Malaysian Airlines’ passenger aircraft. The company is bearing the financial brunt of the sanctions imposed by the European Union and is looking toward the Middle East to get new customers. Both Russian and international investigations suggest Almaz-Antey’s…