The Saudi-UAE Alliance Turns Sour

Their relationship was never as strong as it appeared.

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Relations between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates appear strong on the surface. Both countries worked closely to defeat the Arab uprisings and topple the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated regime of Mohammed Morsi in Egypt. They joined forces in launching the war against Yemen’s Houthi rebels in 2015 and enforced an austere blockade of Qatar in […]

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Hilal Khashan is a Professor of political science at the American University of Beirut. He is a respected author and analyst of Middle Eastern affairs. He is the author of six books, including Hizbullah: A Mission to Nowhere. (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2019.) He is currently writing a book titled Saudi Arabia: The Dilemma of Political Reform and the Illusion of Economic Development. He is also the author of more than 110 articles that appeared in journals such as Orbis, The Journal of Conflict Resolution, The Brown Journal of World Affairs, Middle East Quarterly, Third World Quarterly, Israel Affairs, Journal of Religion and Society, Nationalism and Ethnic Politics, and The British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies.