Author(s): Maryam Sultan Lootah
This paper examines the foreign policy of the UAE as a successful model for the behavior of small countries at the external level, and attempts to analyze that policy to determine the factors of strength and success through its five chapters: The First Chapter: The conceptual framework of the study. This chapter addresses some of the concepts associated with the study, which was important to clarify, especially for the public reader. The Second Chapter: The determinants and orientations of foreign policy. This chapter deals with the most important determinants that govern the foreign policy of the countries in general, and the UAE as the subject of study (geographic determinant - national capabilities - the nature of the political system - social and political composition). The chapter explains the foreign policy directives of the UAE, which was represented in (reformist - nationalist - Islamic - gulf) and how the UAE foreign policy was affected by these determinants and guidelines. The Third Chapter: Models of foreign policy. This chapter presents successful models of foreign policy of the UAE, from its inception to the present at the gulf, Arab and international levels. The Fourth Chapter: The elements of the strength and success of the UAE diplomacy. This chapter reviews the most important pillars of the success of the UAE foreign policy, whether related to the wisdom of the decision-maker, or related to the use of financial resources to support foreign policy, or to raise the efficiency of the external decision-making body to be more in line with developments in the external environment. The conclusion of the study raises a number of questions and current and potential challenges that require additional effort, both at the level of decision-making, or at the level of study and analysis and the need to provide proactive and forward-looking visions.