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The Dhow
December 16, 2019
Session I, "Growing Global and Regional Competition in the Horn of Africa and Red Sea," at the UAE Security Forum 2019. From left to right: Mina Al-Oraibi, editor in chief, The National; Ambassador Alexander Rondos, EU special representative for the Horn of Africa; Susan Stigant, director of Africa programs, United States Institute of Peace; and Abdul Mohammed, chief of staff and senior political advisor, African Union High Level Implementation Panel for Sudan and South Sudan (Reem Mohammed/The National)
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UAESF 2019
UAE Security Forum 2019: Reshaping the Future of the Horn of Africa

UAESF 2019, held on December 12 in Abu Dhabi, brought together a diverse group of policymakers and officials, scholars, economists, international development practitioners, and representatives from nongovernmental organizations to analyze the long-term implications of the renewed international interest in the Horn of Africa. Brigadier General Miguel Castellanos, deputy director for operations of U.S. Africa Command, and Anwar Gargash, UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, provided keynote remarks. Videos from each session, as well as the forum report, will be available in early 2020.

Remarks by UAE Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Anwar Gargash were covered by The National.
Ambassador Douglas A. Silliman via The National

Strategic engagement in this region is an increasingly important, although often overlooked, aspect of Gulf foreign policy.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei gestures during a meeting with commanders of a paramilitary division of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Tehran, Iran, Nov. 25, 2015. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
Office of the Iranian supreme leader via AP
Sara Bazoobandi

This paper explores how the IRGC has advanced its position in Iran and how it will be affected if the current economic pressure on Iran is sustained.
Samuel Ramani

Saudi and Emirati efforts to preserve their position of primacy in post-transition Sudan is apparent in their willingness to assist in economic development, provide humanitarian assistance, and strengthen security cooperation with its government.
Ali Alfoneh

As supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei cannot exonerate himself from the government’s decision to adjust the fuel price, and as commander in chief, he must shoulder responsibility for the deaths, injuries, and arrests of protesters.
Hussein Ibish via Bloomberg

It was too much to expect the feud, years in the making, to end at the Riyadh summit.
Ali Alfoneh via The Arab Weekly

Diplomatic breakthrough or war, the United States and Iran are on a knife-edge.
In the Media
  • L'Orient Le Jour: Kristin Smith Diwan commented on the implications of ongoing tensions among the Gulf Arab states.
  • AFP: Diwan discussed food waste in Saudi Arabia and the push for sustainability.
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