مصطفى الزرعوني​
كاتب صحفي ومحلل سياسي

New International Tracks

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The changes in the international scene necessitate that you reorient your strategies in the region, and look from other angles to the priorities of the moment and their security links, which branch out into a long chain, from military to economic to cultural or media, to many innumerable other things.

Today, we witness the wisdom and proactiveness of the Emirati approach to these changes. After 10 lean years, the ideological danger after the so-called Arab Spring raged in the region, there were bets on some groups, or weakening others to advance, which did not lead many to anywhere, but incurred many losses. The UAE, along with its allies Saudi Arabia and Egypt were very strong in repelling this and thwarting their plans.

Today, however, we are witnessing a major change in international policies that necessitated a change in approach, and many countries redirecting their policies in the region towards internal development, focusing on the economy, which is the first gateway to foreign policies… but without neglecting the security threat, as it may destroy the gains that have been achieved over the past decades.

There are also agreements whose features have emerged between the various forces in the region, to unify ranks towards economic relations with more comprehensive political and security alliances, which were evident in the positive statements between the various, previously conflicting powers, and the repeated political meetings, including the tour of the UAE National Security Adviser, in addition to the reassuring messages from these meetings, whether they are in economic areas or otherwise.

These consensuses remove the risks and pressures that some major international powers try to use.  Such risks and pressure we recently saw in withdrawing some weapons and missiles or withdrawal from Afghanistan while referring to their withdrawal from Iraq, which are the result of accumulations of the policy of the previous White House administration, and completing some of them now, despite the different statements. The tripartite security agreement we lately witnessed and which led to the cancellation of Australia’s purchase of submarines from Paris, their strong ally, indicates that there is a dispersal of visions. Therefore, ranks must be united to keep the shrapnel away from the security of the region and focus on the economic development interests of the people while preparing to confront risks.

This is the Emirati wisdom that knows how to read, with possible art, the cards and moods of players.

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