Bucking the Trend: The UAE and the Development of Military Capabilities in the Arab World

@article{Roberts2020BuckingTT,
  title={Bucking the Trend: The UAE and the Development of Military Capabilities in the Arab World},
  author={David Bryn Roberts},
  journal={Security Studies},
  year={2020},
  volume={29},
  pages={301 - 334}
}
  • D. B. Roberts
  • Published 11 February 2020
  • Political Science
  • Security Studies
Abstract The literature examining national militaries in the Arab world paints a near-universally bleak picture of their capabilities. Some argue issues rooted in “Arab culture”—so-called essentialist rationales—fatally undermine military effectiveness. Others assert that regime security concerns encourage leaders to actively politicize, coup-proof, and consequently weaken their military. This article challenges these literatures by demonstrating that United Arab Emirates (UAE) forces have… 
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