Emerging Security Threats in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region Post the Arab Spring: United Arab Emirates, A Case Study
Abdulla AlShaikh is writing his thesis on Emerging Security Threats in the Middle East & North Africa (MENA) Region Post the Arab Spring: United Arab Emirates.
PhD research description
Abdulla's research recognises that security is a universal issue affecting all countries in the world, therefore allocating human and material resources to deal with the emerging threats in a rapidly mutating global environment in an enormous challenge. Threats at the beginning of the twenty-first century include, among others, terrorism, cyber security, famine, human migration, and environmental degradation. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is no exception to this phenomenon. Even within the region momentous challenges have occurred recently since Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates broke off diplomatic relations with Qatar in the worst diplomatic crisis to hit Gulf Arab states in decades.
His research investigates the emergence of the UAE as an independent and cohesive political actor. The declaration of its independence in 1971 marked a major geopolitical shift in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region as the small Emirates quickly claimed the status of a key international political player. Indeed, the abundant availability of fossil fuels upon which the UAE centred its export industry, the stability of its internal federal political arrangements and the prudent economic policies employed by the regime ensured domestic stability that has remained unprecedented throughout the region.
Abdulla is studying for his PhD within the Academy of Diplomacy and International Governance.
Awards, grants or scholarships received
Multiple international awards.
Papers, publications and articles
Interests and activities
A devoted horse rider, Abdulla enjoys spending his free time at his stable with his horses which he trains to ride during the Endurance racing season in Dubai and around the globe. With owning thoroughbred horses in the UK, he also looks forward to attend the annual Royal Ascot meeting and the English Derby meeting where he gets to enjoy the mixture of racing and social engagement.