A path of cooperation and opportunity between the US and the UAE

The impressive array of world leaders who visited the UAE after the recent death of Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed made it clear that the UAE is playing an excessive role in regional and global affairs. The US, in particular, has a strong interest in maintaining and strengthening ties with the new UAE president, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, as an ally in diplomatic and military affairs and as a partner in current and future energy supply and innovation.

The Cipher Brief talked about what this means and what comes next with Middle East Expert Norm Roulewho served as National Intelligence Manager for Iran at ODNI and has traveled extensively throughout the region since his retirement to meet with top regional leaders.

The grade overview: What are the prospects for broader US-UAE ties, and what are the incentives and obstacles to stronger bilateral relations in the future?

rolled: The rank and status of the US delegation that traveled to the UAE after the death of the President of the UAE, Shaykh Khalifah bin Zayed, was significant. The list of officials chosen to be part of this delegation tells us why the relationship is vital to Washington. The group was made up of our top officials on foreign policy, national security and energy issues.

The safety corner is easy to understand – the UAE is a trusted and valued partner and has earned that reputation. The enemies of the UAE are our enemies and Abu Dhabi has deployed personnel several times to fight with our forces.

Energy talks with the Gulf rightly focus on oil and gas. By the end of 2022, the UAE and Saudi Arabia are likely to be the only remaining OPEC members with spare production capacity. But the UAE’s green energy efforts are respected for their ambition and prospects, as evidenced by the presence of former minister John Kerry. Secretary Kerry has made several trips to the GCC and I understand he was impressed by their investment in climate change technologies. The US has also been impressed by the Emirates’ commitment to interfaith and multicultural engagement and their role in the development of the Abraham Accords.

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