Abu Dhabi Can’t Afford to Keep Iran Out of Dubai

by Esfandyar Batmanghelidj As the world teeters on the edge of another financial crisis, few places are being gripped by anxiety like Dubai. Every week a new headline portends the coming crisis in the city of skyscrapers. Dubai villa prices… Continue Reading  

The UAE and Iran’s Maritime Talks

by Giorgio Cafiero and Dr. Khalid al-Jaber Just over three and a half years ago, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) downgraded its relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran. In doing so, Emirati leaders reinforced their support for Riyadh in… Continue Reading  

The UAE’s War Over Narratives in Brussels

by Andreas Krieg In the era of “alternative facts” and “fake news,” the European Union has woken to the disruptive potential of disinformation and weaponized narratives—particularly in the context of the Kremlin’s covert attempt to disrupt liberal discourse in Europe.… Continue Reading  

The UAE in Yemen: With a Lot of Help from its Mercs

by David Isenberg The UAE has participated in the ongoing, Saudi-led war in Yemen largely through its use of a disparate collection of mercenaries, or to use the accepted euphemism, “private military contractors” (PMC). In 2011, the UAE hired Erik… Continue Reading  

Russia and the UAE Are Now Strategic Partners: What’s Next?

by Li-Chen Sim During a working visit to Russia last week, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, concluded a Declaration of Strategic Partnership with his host, Russian President Vladimir Putin. The elevation in bilateral… Continue Reading