United Arab Emirates

  • Syria in Crisis
    Gulf Participation in the Anti–Islamic State Coalition: Limitations and Costs
    Frederic Wehrey September 23, 2014

    The contribution of Gulf Arab countries in the fight against the Islamic State should not be overstated and should be caveated with an awareness of the risks and costs—for both the Gulf regimes at home and U.S. interests in the region.

  • Syria in Crisis
    Weak Rebel Support for the Syrian Peace Talks
    Aron Lund January 24, 2014

    Most of Syria’s large rebel groups have explicitly distanced themselves from the Geneva talks.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Laboring Against Themselves
    Suliman Al-Atiqi February 26, 2013 عربي

    The responses of Gulf Cooperation Council countries to the 2011 uprisings only reinforce a culture of state dependency.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Fear and Loathing in the Emirates
    Christopher Davidson September 18, 2012 عربي

    The recent crackdown on the UAE’s civil society highlights its heaviest police strategies—and shows no sign of softening.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Higher Education Initiatives in the UAE
    Amal Sakr May 5, 2009 عربي

    The Emirates' efforts to improve higher education are impressive, but it is unclear how far they can go without improvements to basic education as well.

  • Sada - Analysis
    Women's Political Status in the GCC States
    Ebtisam Al Kitbi August 20, 2008

    A survey of women's political status in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states shows that in some countries women have recently made considerable progress toward formal equality of political rights, but in others they have not. The governing elite in the GCC countries generally supports women's political rights, but strong social sentiment against women's participation in politics persists.

  • Sada - Analysis
    UAE: A Toe in the Water of Political Reform
    Amal Hashim August 13, 2008 عربي

    On December 16 the United Arab Emirates will take the first tentative step on the road to political reform. As promised a year ago by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed, the country will hold indirect elections for half of the 40 seats in the Federal National Council, the first experience of its kind for the UAE.

  • Event
    Future Trends in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey, Kristin Smith Diwan, Jamil De Dominicis, Jane Kinninmont, Matar Ebrahim Matar March 3, 2015 Washington, DC

    Amid a region beset by civil wars and terrorism, the Arab states of the Gulf Cooperation Council are facing growing challenges from an increasingly youthful population, aging rulers, economic pressures, and a new information environment.

  • Event
    The Islamic State and the Middle East’s Shifting Geopolitical Landscape
    October 29, 2014 Washington, DC

    This all-day conference examined the local and regional roots of the growing violence, fragmentation, and instability gripping the Middle East today.

  • Event
    Disrupting ISIL’s Money Trail
    Marwan Muasher, David S. Cohen October 23, 2014 Washington, DC

    With a broad international effort underway to degrade and defeat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), David S. Cohen outlined the United States’ strategy to undermine the organization’s financial foundation.

  • Event
    Book Launch: Sectarian Politics in the Gulf
    Frederic Wehrey, Marc Lynch January 14, 2014 Washington, DC

    The spillover of Syria’s war into Lebanon and Iraq, combined with the widening involvement of Iran and Saudi Arabia, has spawned dire predictions of sectarian conflict engulfing the entire Middle East.

  • Event
    Gulf Diplomacy in a Shifting Middle East: Continuity, Change, and Implications for the United States
    Frederic Wehrey, Abdullah Al Shayji, Gregory Gause, Mehran Kamrava, Fahad Nazer October 24, 2013 Washington, DC

    Recent and dramatic developments in the Middle East have presented new challenges to the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states.

  • Event
    Dynamic Gulf: Forces of Change in a Strategic Region
    Frederic Wehrey June 14, 2013 Washington, DC

    Scholars, analysts, and activists from across the Middle East, Europe, and the United States will examine the forces at work in the Gulf.

  • Event
    Public Opinion on Iraq and the Arab Spring
    James Zogby, Edward Gnehm Jr., Mustafa Hamarneh, Marwan Muasher, Marina Ottaway December 19, 2011 Washington, D.C.

    Zogby Research Services conducted polling in eight countries across the Middle East and North Africa, as well as in the United States, to look at public opinion on the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq, the Arab Spring, and other recent developments in the region.

  • Event
    Arab Monarchies Confront the Arab Spring
    Marwan Muasher, Marina Ottaway, Jon B. Alterman, Paul Salem November 22, 2011 Washington, D.C.

    Arab monarchies have so far survived the unrest of the Arab Spring without major challenges to their authority, but their countries are not immune to the widespread popular discontent.

  • Event
    The Global Crisis: Will the Middle East and North Africa Emerge Stronger?
    Marina Ottaway, Uri Dadush, Masood Ahmed May 21, 2009 Washington, D.C.

    The Middle East and North Africa have been less affected by the global economic crisis so far, allowing Middle Eastern governments to continue delaying the deep economic and governance reforms required for long-term economic growth in the region.

  • Event
    Identifying Drivers of Political Reform in the GCC Countries
    November 15, 2006 NPR's Morning Edition

    Carnegies's third meeting dealing with political reform in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries featured researchers from across the region. The discussion focused on various drivers of political reform: political actors; new political institutions; economic transformation; and the impact of new ideas and debates to which the region's population is increasingly exposed through mass media.


Carnegie Experts on United Arab Emirates

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly.


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