Abdulla AlShaikh

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.

Abdulla has completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at the American University in Dubai, while immersing himself in principal subjects such as Managing Change and Innovation; Strategic Management; Business Research; Leadership; Middle Eastern Cultures and World Cultures. He has attained his Masters degree in International Communication and Diplomacy from the University of East Anglia. 

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.

PhD supervisors

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

Abdulla covered a presentation in the political panel on Security and Nation Branding during the 20th International Symposium in the Series of Diplomacy in the 21st century: The Nexus of Diplomacy, Sport, Politics and the Media. This was held at Loughborough University London on the 22nd of May 2017.

Interests and activities

Abdulla is an active public speaker that attends and participates in both local and international summits, workshops, seminars and symposiums. He is keenly participating in events held at UAE embassies around the world as well as events held at embassies in the United Kingdom.

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.

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