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Foreign Policy Changes in the UAE

Kristian Coates Ulrichsen

Foreign Policy Changes in the UAE.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has become far more assertive in regional and international policymaking in the aftermath of the Arab Spring. Over the past decade, the UAE has increasingly become a contributor to, rather than merely a consumer of, regional security structures — not only in the Gulf, but also in the broader Middle East region.

In a report for the Al Jazeera Centre for Studies, fellow Kristian Coates Ulrichsen explores how these foreign policy transformations have resulted in power shifts within the Gulf Cooperation Council and contributed to the ongoing diplomatic crisis with Qatar: