United Arab Emirates: Conditions, Issues and U.S. Relations

Nigel C. Guillory (Editor)

Series: Politics and Economics of the Middle East
BISAC: POL059000

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven emirates (principalities): Abu Dhabi, the oil-rich capital of the federation; Dubai, its free-trading commercial hub; and the five smaller and less wealthy emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Fujayrah, Umm al-Qaywayn, and Ras al-Khaymah. The UAE’s relatively open borders and economy have won praise from advocates of expanded freedoms in the Middle East while producing financial excesses, social ills such as human trafficking, and opportunity for UAE-based Iranian businesses to try to circumvent international sanctions. The social and economic freedoms have not translated into significant political change; the UAE government remains under the control of a small circle of leaders who allow citizen participation primarily through traditional methods of consensus-building. To date, these mechanisms, economic wealth, and reverence for established leaders have enabled the UAE to avoid wide-scale popular unrest.

Since 2006, the government has increased formal popular participation in governance through a public selection process for half the membership of its consultative body, the Federal National Council (FNC). But, particularly since the Arab uprisings that began in 2011, there has been an increase in domestic criticism of the unchallenged power and privileges of the UAE ruling elite as well as the spending of large amounts of funds on elaborate projects that cater to tourists. The leadership has resisted any dramatic or rapid further opening of the political process, and it is becoming increasingly aggressive in preventing the rise of Muslim Brotherhood- linked Islamist, as well as secular opposition movements. The crackdown is drawing increased criticism from human rights groups. This book examines the UAE’s 2012 human rights and religious freedom reports; its problem with human trafficking; the economic investment climate; and relations with the U.S. (Imprint: Novinka )

Preface

The United Arab Emirates (UAE): Issues for U.S. Policy
(Kenneth Katzman)

United Arab Emirates 2012 Human Rights Report
(U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

United Arab Emirates 2012 International Religious Freedom Report
(U.S. Department of State; Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor)

Trafficking In Persons Report 2013: United Arab Emirates
(U.S. Department of State)

2013 Investment Climate Statement: United Arab Emirates
(Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs)

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