After three years in the doldrums, the United Arab Emirates’ economy is recovering. But reforms aimed at liberalizing and diversifying the economy, along with an aggressive regional foreign policy, may be creating new domestic tensions and opening the door for changes that Emirati leaders hadn’t bargained for.
The momentum has tapered off in the remarkable weeklong protests across Iran. But if it seems that the regime has prevailed, despite its legitimacy eroding a bit, do the demonstrations have a deeper meaning and long-term foreign policy consequences? Will policies in Tehran and Washington change?