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Volume :13 Issue : 49 1987      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

FOUNDATIONS OF U.A.E. FOREIGN POLICY

Auther : By: Dr. Naji Sadek Sharrab

 

          This study deals with the foundations of the U.A.E. foreign policy, its setting, objectives and strategies.

           The active role which the U.A.E. foreign policy plays regionally and internationally, is of great importance.  The U.A.E. followed a forward strategy in its foreign policy from the start.  It obtained the membership of the U.N. and the Arab League and joined most of the U.N.   agencies.  By 1986  U.A.E. embassies were opened in about forty countries.

           The foreign policy of the U.A.E. aims at ensuring the region’s security and progress, depending on peaceful solutions and promoting mutual cooperation between all nations.  Though a small state in terms of size and population, U.A.E. plays an active role in international affairs  making use of its economic capabilities.  It supports mutual co-operation and understanding promoting good will and friendly relations among all peace-loving nations.

           U.A.E. foreign policy is rooted in the national interest calculus of its leadership.  This in turn is based upon location, size, population ratio, its religio-political structures and its threat perceptions.  It includes many overlapping circles which define its attitudinal determinants.  These circles are in the Gulf area, the Arab World, the Islamic World, the third world and the international community.  It pays a great deal of attention to the Gulf area.  It enjoys closest relations with the five Gulf Arab States, with whom it shares membership in the G.C.C.

           U.A.E. moved quickly after independence to pursue an active Arab policy.  It supported the struggle of the Palestinian people.  It participates in developing Arab countries by providing financial assistance either in the form of grants or loans.  It is an active member of the General Secretariat and of the Islamic Conference.  The U.A.E. plays also an important role in extending significant aid to various non-Arab third world countries. And for this aim it has established Abu Dhabi Fund for Arab Economic Development.  Since the establishment of the U.A.E., the Foreign Ministry has evolved and its activities have increased in scope and complexity.  At the bureaucratic level, it grew from a few departments into a complicated structure.  At the diplomatic representations level, the ministry’s work expanded to keep pace with U.A.E. increasing international status.

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