Keeping track of the power struggles and shifting alliances in the Middle East is no simple task, even for the most well informed. One of the leading experts on the Middle East, Steven A. Cook, recently returned from the Gulf and explains that Abu Dhabi, long in the background, is now emerging as one of the most important players in the region. The consequences for the balance of power in the Middle East, the war on extremism, and the Iranian nuclear crisis are profound. Subscribers should be advised to follow developments in the Emirates closely.
Back in the mid-2000‘s, Dubai in United Arab Emirates was all the rage. Investors, powerbrokers, jet-setters, Iranian, Israeli and American spies, and virtually everyone else roamed the city as Palm Island was taking shape, the world’s tallest building was under …
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Steven A. Cook is a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.