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How the growing UAE-Saudi rivalry could pay off for the United States

Annelle Sheline

How the growing UAE-Saudi rivalry could pay off for the United States.

The Saudi-Emirati competition for economic power could bode well for Biden’s goal of reducing U.S. involvement in the region, writes nonresident fellow Annelle Sheline in Responsible Statecraft. If Saudi Arabia and the UAE are primarily focused on competing with each other, they will both prefer to foster regional stability in order to encourage investment, potentially curbing impulses to behave aggressively toward each other or their neighbors, she writes.