Sanctioning Iran: The View from the United Arab Emirates – By Kosar Jahani

Through an analysis of Iran’s economic relationship with the UAE, this paper argues that the UAE, despite enjoying a strong bilateral security relationship with the United States, is unlikely to adopt the kind of unilateral sanctions that the United States advocates. The UAE, which not only enables Iran economically but whose growth is also fueled by Iran, is in a unique position to take on a more direct role in U.S.-Iran diplomacy. The United States should leverage the UAE’s historic economic, religious, and cultural ties with Iran as a gateway to discussing the more consequential issue of regional security.

Kosar Jahani, Fletcher MALD 2012, is a first-year student concentrating in International Negotiation and Conflict Resolution, with a regional focus on the Middle East. She received her B.A. in Business Administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

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