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Event Report – UAE Security Forum 2020: Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies

This report is based on the presentations and discussions during the UAE Security Forum 2020, “Resilient Economies, Resilient Societies,” held December 15-17, 2020 virtually.

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Redefining Gulf Security Begins by Including the Human Dimension

The coronavirus pandemic has come as a reminder of the urgent need for a renewed approach to security that no longer focuses merely on the political and military aspects of security but includes a broader look at people-centered dimensions.

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As Iran’s Elite Fall Victim to Coronavirus, Succession Questions Arise

None of Iran’s leadership hopefuls can seize power without IRGC support, and any future leader of the Islamic Republic will be beholden to the IRGC.

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Saudi Response to Coronavirus Seen as Emphasizing Public Health, Not Internal Politics

As King Salman warns of the difficult fight ahead, the rationale behind the Saudi government’s quarantine measures is being closely scrutinized.

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Ego-balization versus Eco-operation: Prioritizing Human Security in the Face of Global Crises

The coronavirus outbreak presents Gulf – and global – leaders with an opportunity to prioritize human security in their foreign policies.

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Gulf Youth and Civil Society Mobilize to Fight the Coronavirus

While most Gulf Arab countries have tackled the coronavirus pandemic through state-led initiatives, Kuwait and Bahrain engaged youth significantly through quasi-independent civil society organizations.

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Iran’s Patient Zero: The Islamic Republic

Strategic relations with China, domestic political considerations, and religious taboos all prevented an earlier and more effective response by the Iranian government toward the country's coronavirus crisis.

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