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The UAE Guides Saudi Arabia, for Now

MIN READFeb 2, 2018 | 09:00 GMT

Shared geopolitical considerations and assertive leaders have pushed Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates onto a similar foreign policy path.

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In the midst of the Middle East's power struggles, Iran, Turkey and Saudi Arabia are all striving to achieve regional dominance through proxy battles and games of political and diplomatic tug-of-war. Saudi Arabia is the most influential and active Arab power in the fray, but another Gulf state -- the United Arab Emirates -- is starting to muscle in on its preserve. Characterizing the small but increasingly ambitious country as a rookie upstart intruding on its much larger neighbor's domain fails to capture the essence of the Saudi-Emirati relationship. Abu Dhabi, in fact, is proving that it has much to teach Riyadh....

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