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Russia and the UAE: reversing US ideational leadership in the Middle East

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Andreas Krieg (Photographer)

Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationWashington, DC
PublisherQuincy Institute
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2020

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Abstract

When the reign of Muammar Gaddafi came to an end after 42 years amidst what was seen as a U.S.-backed revolution in 2011, Russian President Vladimir Putin looked at Libya in shock and fear over what he regarded as the result of subversive civil-societal activism that could overthrow resilient authoritarians. Putin’s phobia of the “Color Revolution” that a decade ago started to sweep across the Middle East was shared by one man, who in 2011 was still a little known entity among Middle East analysts and whom today some describe “the most powerful Arab ruler”: Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed, or MbZ.

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