newspaper revealedWashington PostThe American, the details that prompted the UAE to change its foreign policy from confrontation to dialogue, or its desire to get rid of “warrior Spartans” to “little Singapore.”
Commentator David Ignatius said that the slogan that the UAE is raising today is “zero problems” after it intervened in the two devastating wars in Yemen and Libya and raised the slogan of war against Islamists.
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He pointed out that there is an international tendency to reduce tension despite the recent turmoil in Afghanistan, and this is evident in the position of the UAE, which former US Defense Secretary James Mattis once described as “Little Sparta.”
But the UAE changed its position with a crude pragmatism that made Machiavelli himself embarrassed. The UAE changed the course of confrontation with Iran and Islamic parties to dialogue.
The UAE is dealing with problems with neighboring countries and other enemies!
Over the past year, it has moved to resolve problems with Iran, Qatar, Turkey, Libya and other enemies. According to the translation of Al-Quds Al-Arabi newspaper.
The writer believes that the most important modification in Emirati policy is its relationship with Israel within what was known as the Ibrahim Agreements that were signed a year ago today.
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These agreements were the product of the effort of the Donald Trump administration, but they are rooted, according to Ignatius, in the UAE’s position to adopt regional cooperation away from ideology and religion, at a time when American hegemony in the region began to fade.
Emirati officials say they expect trade with Israel to reach $1 trillion over the next decade.
The writer says that the UAE’s vision of an independent foreign policy sometimes pushed it to cross red lines with the United States, as a report in the “New York Times” showed about its hiring of former US intelligence officials who admitted in court documents that they had carried out electronic hacking operations for the UAE.
The writer believes that the UAE’s shift to reducing external tension to paying attention to the local situation is a picture of a trend observed in the world, as in the case of Biden’s America, and even China and its version of “better construction” and the emphasis on joint local prosperity. The American exit from Afghanistan, and the bad way in which it was carried out, reflected an international consensus against “permanent wars,” which is now agreed upon by American and foreign officials. The writer believes that the withdrawal of the UAE from the devastating war in Yemen and Libya was a sign of this trend, as Abu Dhabi discovered that the price outweighs the benefits.
Mohamed bin Zayed learns from Kissinger
Ignatius believes that the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, Mohammed bin Zayed, learns from Kissinger. He wrote a book about the former US Secretary of State, “The Master of the Game” and the diplomacy he ran in the Middle East.
The writer quoted Anwar Gargash, the former minister of state for foreign affairs in the UAE, as saying that the new policy is based on “zero problems.” He said in an interview on Tuesday that the review process began in 2019, due to the risks stemming from the war in Yemen, Iranian missile and drone strikes against Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and the feeling that American power is beginning to decline in the region.
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Gargash said that the growing tension in the region means being embroiled in protracted wars. That is why the UAE decided to change course and focus on economic development as a means of security. Emirati officials see the age of oil as coming to an end, as the country has relied on it for growth.
The writer believes that the Emirati move is a kind of correction after the dangerous alliance with the Trump administration. The US Department of Justice directed the director of the Trump inauguration committee, Thomas Barrack, to illegally pressure him to pass on Emirati interests. In a private lawsuit filed in California federal court, Trump campaign fundraiser Elliot Broidy was charged with similar activities, and both denied carrying out illegal acts.
Yousef Al-Otaiba commented
“Our view has changed, we look at the world in a different way,” says Yousef al-Otaiba, the UAE’s ambassador to Washington. At a time when the UAE pushed Washington to take hard positions on Iran, Turkey and Islamic radicalism, today it is calling for reconciliation, and its officials are counting on expanding economic and security relations with China.
The writer believes that the Emirates usually showed a tendency to go with the wind, and used its oil wealth to become a center of global activity. Today, she is trying to get rid of the description of “warrior Spartans” and wants to be “Little Singapore”.
Mohammed bin Zayed remains the firm voice in the Emirates, but the contact man in all the latest moves is his brother Tahnoun, who is the National Security Adviser.
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Tahnoun works in the shadows, and, for example, traveled secretly to Iran, and began discussing what Martin Indyk described as “antagonism to the point of no hostility.”
Tahnoun operates through a network of powerful intelligence directors in Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and other countries.
Last month, Tahnoun traveled to Turkey and Qatar to discuss ways of reconciliation with the two countries. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whom Emirati officials described a year ago as a threat equal to Iran, said enthusiastically after his meeting with Tahnoun that the UAE “will make important investments in our country and soon.” And as the United States learned years ago, money and security make friends, and foreign policy starts from within, whether in Washington or Abu Dhabi.
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