Issue 1161 PDF: Mohammed Bin Zayed stamps authority on the UAE presidency, as son Khalid’s profile rises

GSN 1161
Issue 1161 - 12 Jan 2023

Issue 1161 leads with a package of articles  analysing the eight months since ‘MBZ’ formally took over as head of state from his late half-brother Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed in the UAE. They delve into foreign engagement, economic diplomacy and the rising profile of MBZ's eldest son, Sheikh Khalid Bin Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan. 

The Diplomatic brief section then looks into accusations that the Saudi government has been attempting to control information about the kingdom on the online encyclopaedia, Wikipedia. 

News of Saudi contractor El Serf's daughter's marriage into the Jordanian royal family heads the Royals Watch section with a piece following on Amiri Yachts, which acts as a holding company for a fleet of Qatari royal yachts, filing a claim in the High Court of Justice in London against Lebanon’s Privinvest.

Defence and security coverage looks into analysis of the activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC)’s Quds Force's use of a template command and control structure to facilitate its work with allies across the region.

Risk Management Reports are on Kuwait and Oman.

The GSN View, which is free to access, explores regional geopolitics as Iran appears to be trying to improve relations with neighbouring GCC states. 

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