Close historic ties with Russia and deep internal divisions are undermining a unified national stance on the conflict.
Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO and founder of Gulf State Analytics, a Washington, DC-based geopolitical risk consultancy, and an adjunct fellow at the Ame... rican Security Project.
Sheikh Khalifa presided over much of the UAE’s economic, technological, and social development.
With a truce largely holding, the council has been able to present itself as working towards a diplomatic solution.
Despite rumours that Russia’s Wagner will fight in Ukraine, analysts expect the paramilitary group to stay in Libya.
Geopolitical realignments have allowed the UAE to rehabilitate Bashar al-Assad, with Russian support.
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Gulf Cooperation Council states have high stakes in the war with ties to the West and relationships with Russia.
Attacks could result in UAE increasing support for anti-Houthi forces while aligning more closely with Saudi Arabia.
The presence of both Turkish and Russian forces in the North African country is deeply unsettling to European powers.
GCC countries have spent billions of dollars on US arms. Will that guarantee their security?