Emirati Diplomacy: A Non-Western Perspective
The study of the foreign policy of Asian and African countries tends to follow the same paradigms as the study of foreign policy for Western countries, despite the fact that some of these states have a specific vision of their relationship with the rest of the world. TheUnited Arab Emirates is a good case-study for examining how a Gulf monarchy's external actions are a combination of traditional Arab principles and innovations in public diplomacy. Deconstructing the Emirati mindset enables a better understanding of the rationale behind traditional Arab diplomacy. The UAE's inclusion in the networks of globalization and the emergence of a new model of development epitomized by Dubai, have impacted its relations with the rest of the world. Hence, the UAE's foreign policy and diplomacy is no carbon copy of that of Western nations, but a flexible pattern that changes according to the circumstances.