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Strategies for Acquiring Foreign Nuclear Assistance in the Middle East: Lessons from the United Arab

Published on: December 2009​
Genre: Comparative Middle East Politics​ Category: Research Report/ Research Paper/ White Paper​
Understanding how the UAE transformed itself from a leading proliferation concern into—likely—the first Arab country to possess a civil nuclear energy program could be vitally important for policymakers in states seeking foreign nuclear assistance. According to the UAE’s Foreign Minister, Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, “…the UAE hopes to chart a new path via which the benefits of nuclear energy may be safely made available to an expanding list of countries.” This suggests that the UAE’s leaders are conscious of the precedent their country is setting for the rest of their region. Whether the Emirati model proves to be an anomaly in the Arab world or the archetype for future deals depends upon the lessons that both nuclear suppliers and potential recipients draw from it. This paper begins by examining the dilemma of sharing nuclear technology from the perspective of supplier states. It then discusses the UAE’s strategy for acquiring foreign nuclear assistance, highlighting the challenges it faced and four core elements of its strategy. The author then discusses the extent to which elements of the UAE’s strategy can be more broadly generalized. The paper concludes with a summary discussion of the UAE’s approach and its prospects for more widespread use in the Middle East.

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