Abu Dhabi’s model for expanding regional influence is a text-book co-ordination of hard and soft power

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Issue 1162 - 26 Jan 2023 | 4 minute read

The recent summit called by UAE President Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan (MBZ) involving some – but not all – regional leaders has underlined the important role that Abu Dhabi plays in regional affairs. The wealthy emirate is an ever bigger player in international affairs – from managing climate change to intervening in African conflicts – even if international attention is more often captured by events and pronouncements from Iran and Saudi Arabia.

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