Accession Number : ADA604139


Title :   The United Arab Emirates (UAE): Issues for U.S. Policy


Corporate Author : LIBRARY OF CONGRESS WASHINGTON DC CONGRESSIONAL RESEARCH SERVICE


Personal Author(s) : Katzman, Kenneth


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a604139.pdf


Report Date : 15 May 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 33


Abstract : The UAE s relatively open borders and economy have won praise from advocates of expanded freedoms in the Middle East, but have also produced financial excesses, social ills such as human trafficking, and opportunity for UAE-based Iranian businesses to try to circumvent international sanctions. The social and economic freedoms have not translated into significant political change; the UAE government remains under the control of a small circle of leaders who allow citizen participation primarily through traditional methods of consensus-building. To date, these mechanisms, economic wealth, and reverence for established leaders have enabled the UAE to avoid wide-scale popular unrest. Since 2006, the government has increased formal popular participation in governance through a public selection process for half the membership of its consultative body, the Federal National Council (FNC). But, the leadership has resisted any dramatic or rapid further opening of the political process and has suppressed Muslim Brotherhood-linked Islamists and secular opposition activists, drawing criticism from human rights groups.


Descriptors :   *ARABS , *INTERNATIONAL POLITICS , *UNITED ARAB EMIRATES , ECONOMICS , FINANCE , LEADERSHIP , UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT


Subject Categories : Government and Political Science


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE