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Ziadah, Rafeef (2019) 'The importance of the Saudi-UAE alliance: notes on military intervention, aid and investment.' Conflict, Security and Development, 19 (3). pp. 295-300.

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This contribution focuses on the shifts in the characteristics and forms of intervention by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the Middle East and North Africa post the Arab Uprisings of 2011–2012. Although less commented upon, increasing military intervention by the two states has been accompanied by ‘aid intervention’, whereby financial assistance is utilised to secure foreign policy objectives. While scholarly work on intervention typically focuses on Western intervention and, to a lesser extent, the BRICS, this paper argues that Saudi–UAE intervention is reshaping the MENA region through a multi-pronged approach incorporating military campaigns and an alignment of foreign aid with private capital investment priorities. The direct military intervention in Yemen and aid intervention in Egypt are highlighted as illustrations of overarching trends of Saudi–UAE intervention.

Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Intervention, military intervention, aid intervention, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen
SOAS Departments & Centres: Departments and Subunits > Department of Politics & International Studies
ISSN: 14678802
Copyright Statement: © 2019 King’s College London. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Conflict, Security & Development on 11 June 2019, available online:
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Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2019 11:59

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