The New (Dis)Order: The Evolving UAE-Israel Security Alliance
Keywords: 
normalization
Israel
the united arab emirates
abraham accords
Iran
security alliance
weapons trade
Abstract: 

The normalization of relations between the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Israel under the Abraham Accords is part of a long-standing security cooperation between the two regimes to monopolize regional power. Indeed, with the rapidly changing political and security landscape in the Arab world, the Abraham Accords have become central to understanding alliance formation in the region. The Accords have significantly enhanced the already existing security and military relations between Israel and the UAE, with heavy Emirati investment in advanced Israeli weapons systems and security technologies, military and intelligence sharing, as well as ­economic partnerships in strategic sectors. While the alliance is often portrayed as a defensive security arrangement aimed at countering the “Iranian threat,” a closer examination reveals that it is much more than that. Sponsored by the United States, the alliance entrenches Israeli settler colonialism and Arab authoritarianism as mutually inclusive pillars for the region, with the ultimate objective of reproducing US hegemony in the face of changing global dynamics.

Author biography: 

Tariq Dana is an associate professor of conflict and humanitarian studies at the Doha Institute for Graduate Studies. He is also a policy analyst at Al-Shabaka: The Palestinian Policy Network.