The paper “ The United Arab Emirates Security Challenges” is a fascinating example of a research proposal on politics. According to Adrian Hyde-Price (2001), he states that the word ‘ securitizing’ means removing a particular issue from its political discourse and at the same time signaling for it to be addressed urgently and exceptionally. The issue of security is therefore not only a preserve of an individual but that of the state to ensure that citizens or people are secure from any form of threat. Issues of security also relate to what needs to be secured or protected from a threat such as, human security, environmental security all of which attract different forms of responses and reactions either from the military or a collective imposition of sanction to stop the security threat. On the other hand, it is important to highlight what a security threat implies in relation to the circumstances presenting itself in the thesis research.
A security threat has been defined and known to be a “ connotations of a type of menace to survival (Paris, 2001) for instance an act of attack or sabotage from one state to another is classical of the internal threat to the security of a particular state.
On the other hand, according to Ullman (1983), he gives a broader definition of what a threat is. He states that “ a threat is an action or a sequence of events that threaten drastically and over a short period of time to degrade the quality of life of the inhabitants of a particular state (Ullman, 1983). It, therefore, implies that insecurity negates the presence of a threat or action that threatens the very existence of a state or the population within the state.
Additionally one can say that the issue of security is twofold: that is the negative dimension of going to war and a positive dimension of avoiding war or conflict. This thesis, therefore, aims to discuss the internal and external threats that are bound to have an impact or affect the people of UAE. The threats can either be external or internal and this implies the actions that need to be undertaken by the UAE to quash such threats. Background InformationThe United Arab Emirates (“ hereinafter “ the UAE” ) is amongst the GCC member countries that include: Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Republics of Iran and Iraq, Qatar with Saudi Arabia exerting more influence in pushing for GCC agenda and policies on security issues (Peterson, 1986).
The issues of security in the UAE are commonly known as the concept of ‘ Gulf security’ and that there are numerous challenges that lead to an increase in the threats of insecurity. The UAE and other GCC countries are known to be the world’ s economic powerhouses especially due to the economic exploitation of “ black gold” -oil and gas and any threat to peace mean that the global economy will be affected. The threats that face security are either dependent on the conflation of regimes in power or with national security especially since the UAE is considered a developing country.
The UAE just like many Arab states has constantly faced threats and their transition in the oil era and retain control of this “ black gold” in the last century shows its resilience in ensuring that the state is peaceful.
The threats that are commonly associated with UAE and in most of the Gulf States include; food, water, energy security, climate change, population. Nuclear proliferation and transnational terrorism are amongst the significant security threats facing the GCC countries and spills over into the UAE.
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