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    Icons of the Nation: The Military Factor in the UAE’s Nation-Building

Icons of the Nation: The Military Factor in the UAE’s Nation-Building

by Eleonora Ardemagni

In the ongoing process of Emirati nation-building, the military has a salient role: in the eyes of government officials it contributes to shaping a cohesive and recognisable national identity, also differentiating the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from the neighbouring monarchies. In official discourse, Emirati soldiers embody the sacrifice, sense of belonging and patriotism, that render them ‘heroes’ […]

February 1st, 2019|GCC, Yemen|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – ‘AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain’ by David Wearing

Book Review – ‘AngloArabia: Why Gulf Wealth Matters to Britain’ by David Wearing

by Courtney Freer
The UK’s close relationship with the Gulf, and particularly the monarchies of the Gulf Cooperation Council, stems from both a long history of engagement and Britain’s enduring need to project power on the global stage even as its military and economic clout wanes. David Wearing has traced this relationship in a new book, which, though thin on […]

November 20th, 2018|Book Reviews, GCC, Saudi, Yemen|0 Comments|
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    Book Review – ‘Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention’

Book Review – ‘Islamists and the Politics of the Arab Uprisings: Governance, Pluralisation and Contention’

by Abdullah Al-Arian
Long suppressed by Arab regimes and kept on the margins of their societies, Islamist groups stood to benefit the most from the uprisings that have since been labelled the ‘Arab Spring’. Hendrik Kraetzchmar and Paola Rivetti’s new edited collection sketches the heterodox nature of these groups – complex actors inspired by as many intellectual, moral, cultural, political and socioeconomic commitments as any other […]

Yemen: Background to the Manufacture of a Proxy War

by Helen Lackner
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre looking at the Saudi–Iran rivalry in the region on 7 May 2018. 

Of the regional states affected by the Iran–Saudi rivalry, Yemen is the most remote; until recently it was also the least significant. While Saudi Arabia has been deeply involved in Yemen for decades, Iran remained marginal. In […]

June 21st, 2018|Iran, Saudi, Yemen|0 Comments|
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    Vying for Paradise? What Socotra Means for the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Vying for Paradise? What Socotra Means for the UAE and Saudi Arabia

by Eleonora Ardemagni

Once upon a time, people believed that Socotra was the garden of Eden. Beyond the legends, Yemen’s civil war has definitively changed the reality of this quiet island, protected by Unesco for its biodiversity. Although there are neither Houthis nor jihadists there, Socotra (with about 60,000 inhabitants) has been experiencing increasing geopolitical pressure and an unprecedented military […]

June 11th, 2018|Yemen|0 Comments|

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