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The Making of a Police State

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by Christopher Davidson
ECIA Fellow
on Foreign Policy - 14 Apr 2011

The arrests of three pro-democracy activists in the United Arab Emirates can be seen as a sign of the increasingly oppressive regime and, at the same time, the UAE desire for the current status quo, being afraid of a of greater Arab freedoms. Davidson in this article sheds a light on the fear Zayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan’s sons police state, characterized by zero accountability over an increasingly urbanized and Abu Dhabi-dependent population.