The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has elaborated its own philosophy of security. Driven by emergencies and increasing risks, both in the region and globally, Emirati authorities have developed a sense of anticipation as well as an agility to react promptly to new threats through the ability to assess the risks in any given situation. War and the avatars of conflict are a constant reality in the Middle East. Transnational threats, including the regional context, the war in Yemen, insecurity in the Levant and tensions with Iran affect the overall stability of the Peninsula and consequently that of the UAE. Owing to the inclusion of the UAE in the networks of globalization, non-traditional security issues are not relegated to the background. Issues such as COVID-19, immigration, cybersecurity and human trafficking need to be addressed domestically as well as globally.
This volume offers a comprehensive and multifaceted examination of the traditional and non-traditional security measures present in the UAE that allow the country to remain politically stable in an otherwise volatile region, and aims to offer a comprehensive overview of all forms of security in the UAE.
Table of Contents
The UAE, At the Crossroads of Traditional and Non-traditional Security
Part 1: Thinking of Security Issues
2 The United Arab Emirates’ security from an International Relations perspective – An Overview
Michal Matyasik and Wojciech Michnik
3 The national security machinery of government of the UAE
Part 2: Transnational Threats
4 Environmental Change and Security
5 Trafficking in human beings in the UAE: addressing a transnational threat
6 Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in the UAE
Kristian Alexander and Ebrahim ElHarbi
7 Cyberspace, Threat Agents and Power
Economy and risks
8 Food Security in The United Arab Emirates (UAE)
9 Risks associated with an interconnected Economy
Part 3: An Enclave of Security in the Middle East
The Structures of Stability
10 The UAE Armed Forces: Building Military Credibility
11 External Powers and the United Arab Emirates
Li-Chen Sim and Jonathan Fulton
12 UAE-India’s Unconventional Security Strategies
The Regional Context
13 Confronting Regional Foes through the GCC: An Emirati Perspective
Joseph A. Kéchichian
14 Role of the Yemen Conflict in UAE and Regional Security
15 The Qatar Crisis: The Regionalization of Insecurity?
16 Is Iran a Threat to Regional Stability?
Mohamed Bin Huwaidin
17 The UAE and the Horn of Africa: Strategic Depth and Security Interactions
Brendon J. Cannon
Section 4: Keeping the Emirates Safe
Law and Order
18 Policing the Emirati Nation: The Politics of Community-Building
19 Privacy, A Security Issue
20 Road Safety in the UAE
Demographics and Security
21 Security under Large Influx of Immigrants
22 Demographics and Community Security
23 How to ensure UAE Health Security: Moving from ‘Fat to Fit’
Immanuel Azaad Moonesar
24 The securitisation of the Covid 19 crisis in the UAE
Security, Peace and Tolerance in a post-modern yet traditional state
William Guéraiche is an Associate Professor at the University of Wollongong in Dubai, UAE (UOWD) and teaches International Security. He is the Director of the master’s degree programme in International Relations. His research examines the UAE's foreign policy, diplomacy and international cooperation.
Kristian Alexander is a Senior Fellow at TRENDS Research & Advisory in Abu Dhabi (UAE), where he is the Director of the International Security & Terrorism Program, and an adviser at Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based on Washington, DC, USA. He previously worked as an Assistant Professor at Zayed University in Abu Dhabi. His research examines the significance of social movements in the Middle East and security-related issues, especially those pertaining to migration in the Gulf Corporation Council.