The Transfer of Significant Military Equipment from the United States to the UAE: Explaining Change

  • Waleed Al Marzooqi

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


This thesis examines why the United States today imposes less restrictions on the export of high-end military technologies to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) than in the past. Notwithstanding efforts to develop a domestic defense industrial base, the UAE is still dependent on importing a range of technologically advanced weapon systems, platforms and other equipment to meet its stated defense requirements. Traditionally, the United States – the UAE's most important supplier – has placed restrictions on the sale of high-end and sensitive technologies to non-NATO allies. In recent years, Washington has clearly opened up what is possible for the UAE to purchase in terms of sensitive and significant military and defense articles. Why are there less restrictions on the sale of high-end military technologies to the UAE from the United States today than before? What has changed? This thesis seeks to answer this question by testing a series of hypotheses.
Date of AwardDec 2017
Original languageAmerican English
SupervisorAshley Rossiter (Supervisor)


  • Military Sales
  • Arms Transfers
  • Alliances
  • Defense-related Technology.

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