1st Edition

Facets of Security in the United Arab Emirates

Edited By William Gueraiche, Kristian Alexander Copyright 2022
    340 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    1 Introduction

    The UAE, At the Crossroads of Traditional and Non-traditional Security

    William Guéraiche

    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

    Athol Yates

    Part 2: Transnational Threats

    4 Environmental Change and Security

    Mari Luomi

    Organized Crimes

    5 Trafficking in human beings in the UAE: addressing a transnational threat

    Tenia Kyriazi

    6 Terrorism and Counter-terrorism in the UAE

    Kristian Alexander and Ebrahim ElHarbi

    7 Cyberspace, Threat Agents and Power

    William Guéraiche

    Economy and risks

    8 Food Security in The United Arab Emirates (UAE)

    Berhanu Degefa

    9 Risks associated with an interconnected Economy

    Martin Hvidt

    Part 3: An Enclave of Security in the Middle East

    The Structures of Stability

    10 The UAE Armed Forces: Building Military Credibility

    Emma Soubrier

    11 External Powers and the United Arab Emirates

    Li-Chen Sim and Jonathan Fulton

    12 UAE-India’s Unconventional Security Strategies

    N. Janardhan

    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
    Sterling Jensen

    15 The Qatar Crisis: The Regionalization of Insecurity?

    Paola Raunio

    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

    Eleonora Ardemagni

    19 Privacy, A Security Issue

    Kristin Kamoy

    20 Road Safety in the UAE

    Thomas Edelman

    Demographics and Security

    21 Security under Large Influx of Immigrants

    George Naufal

    22 Demographics and Community Security

    William Guéraiche

    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

    William Guéraiche

    25 Conclusion

    Security, Peace and Tolerance in a post-modern yet traditional state

    William Guéraiche


    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.