Risk Perception and Appetite in UAE Foreign and National Security Policy

The UAE has emerged as an influential player in regional power politics over the past decade. This paper sheds light on Abu Dhabi’s ambitions to play a key role in shaping political and governance structures across the region, and in securing trade routes in its wider neighbourhood as an economic hub linking East Africa and South Asia.

Research paper ISBN: 978 1 78413 413 6

Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, attends the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 17 February 2019. Photo: Getty Images.
— Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan, Abu Dhabi’s crown prince and deputy supreme commander of the UAE armed forces, attends the opening of the International Defence Exhibition and Conference at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre on 17 February 2019. Photo: Getty Images.

Peter Salisbury

Former Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme