UAE Diplomats Accused in International Gold Smuggling Syndicate

June 15, 2021

The United Arab Emirates is one of the world’s major gold trading hubs. In 2019, it was the fifth-biggest importer and fourth-biggest exporter globally. During the COVID-19 pandemic, international demand has surged. But as Reuters reported in 2019, much of this gold...

The Mohammed bin Zayed Pivot

May 26, 2021

What the UAE-Turkey Rivalry Means for Europe’s Energy Security

April 30, 2021

In recent months, the United Arab Emirates has adopted a number of stances inimical to Turkish ambitions in the Mediterranean. This has taken the form of closer relations between the UAE, Greece and Greek Cyprus, more joint military exercises, and increased energy collaboration with Israel via the...

What Russia Thinks of the Abraham Accords

March 23, 2021

Regarding Russia’s foreign policy in the Middle East, it is important to ask how the normalization of the UAE and Bahrain’s relationships with Israel will play out.

China’s Place in the Abraham Accords

February 16, 2021

The normalization of the UAE and Bahrain’s relations with Israel could have major geopolitical implications for China.

Sudan’s Ties With Counterrevolutionary Gulf States

November 03, 2020

Under the leadership of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan suffered from US-imposed sanctions that began in the 1990s.

Elephants in the Desert

October 21, 2020

The Energy Angle to the UAE-Israel Deal

September 30, 2020

In August, the UAE became the third Arab state to establish full-fledged diplomatic relations with Israel. One important dimension of bilateral relations that will be important to both Abu Dhabi and Tel Aviv is energy.

The UAE Gambles by Normalizing Relations With Israel

September 15, 2020

In August, the US, Israel and the United Arab Emirates announced the formalization of Emirati-Israeli ties. What lies ahead?

The UAE Sees Turkey as a Threat

August 26, 2020

Throughout 2020, tensions between the UAE and Turkey have intensified. As Abu Dhabi sees it, the gravest dangers posed by state actors come from the Turkish-Qatari axis.

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