AGSIW – The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics and Policy-Making

This event is hosted by the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Click here to RSVP.

Tuesday, April 25 – 12:00pm-1:30pm

Led by Dubai and Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates has become deeply embedded in the contemporary system of international power, politics, and policymaking. Only an independent state since 1971, the seven emirates that constitute the UAE represent not only the most successful Arab federal experiment but also the most durable. However, the 2008 financial crisis and its aftermath underscored the continuing imbalance between Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and the five northern emirates. Meanwhile, the post-2011 security crackdown revealed the acute sensitivity of officials in Abu Dhabi to social inequalities and economic disparities across the federation.

In The United Arab Emirates: Power, Politics and Policy-Making, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen charts the various processes of state formation and political and economic development that have enabled the UAE to emerge as a significant regional power and major player in the post-Arab Spring reordering of Middle East and North African politics, as well as the closest partner of the United States in military and security affairs in the region.

*A light lunch will be served.*


Kristian Coates Ulrichsen
Baker Institute Fellow for the Middle East, Rice University

Karen E. Young
Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW (Discussant)

Hussein Ibish
Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW (Moderator)