What makes the UAE unusual in its world region? What would you suggest to consolidate its success?
Hints: follow the dimensions of geopolitics (world, Middle East, Indian ocean)
Sources of power: military, economy, ideology.
Policies: citizenship, social welfare.
BE INVENTIVE BUT ALSO RESPONSIBLE, YOU ARE ENGINEERING A WORKING MODEL HERE
In five normally-formatted pages, try to outline the roads taken by the UAE from past to future.
Economy: what was it like before 1960? What is it now? (Use Bob Allen) Where is it going, as planned, in the future? What are the pitfalls to be avoided? Perhaps, you could recall the past examples of defensive developmentalism, what failed the ‘Arab socialisms’?
Military: again, what was it like in tribal society before 1960? What is it now? (Universal conscription service introduced in 2015, the wars which the UAE forces fought), the future projection, what kind of conflict does the UAE prepare to fight? Use the NYTimes articles about the vision of Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed.
State power: what was it before 1960? Why did the seven emirates unite? Where might they be headed in the future? (More union or less? Stronger federal government or more devolution of powers to the local level? Will there be more taxes or less? Why collect the taxes at all?)
Ideology: What is heritage and its uses? In what could the UAE take pride? What does it mean to be Emirati? Are there ideologies that the UAE opposes? Why?
Please, re-read and think. Can you outline a better future for the UAE, based on everything you learned so far?
Talk about Arab unity and socialism, compare the UAE with Egypt.
How can we avoid what happened in Egypt from happening in the UAE? What was the problem in Egypt?
Talk about the idea of Citizenships
How to preserve it? (the ongoing success)
It is important to watch this:
the link to the James Gelvin book: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1bXActjkZp8…
the link to the trucial states book: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18eniLIZTXZJXbBTLb…
Use the same style you’ve been using in the previous papers.
5 pages only.