The United Arab Emirates: A Study in Survival

The United Arab Emirates has remained a mainstay of stability in an increasingly volatile Middle East, managing to maintain a traditional polity despite the impact of rapid modernization and globalization. This in-depth study explores the many contradictions that characterize the UAE and its position within the international system.

Davidson first provides a detailed historical background, tracing the recent history of the lower Gulf region, the British involvement in the area, and the establishment of the federation of emirates. He then turns his attention to the UAE’s seemingly anachronistic political structure and its socioeconomic development. His astute analysis highlights the UAE’s achievements as well as the problems that have persistently undermined its development objectives.

Publisher’s website: Lynne Rienner Press

Reviews and features:

Middle Eastern Studies – review

Middle East Journal – review

Middle East Quarterly – review

British Journal of Middle Eastern Studies – review

Asian Affairs – review

Choice – review

Journal of Third World Studies – review

Kyoto Bulletin of Islamic Area Studies (Japanese) – review