July 12, 2018

Roundtable with Mohammed Baharoon Director General, b’huth

Mohammed Baharoon

July 11, 2018

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the Gulf’s largest economies, have forged a deeper alliance in recent years, and have joined forces to pursue increasingly assertive foreign policies. The two countries are the leading members of a coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen and are at the forefront of Arab efforts to counter Iran’s influence in the Middle East. Most recently, Abu Dhabi and Riyadh announced the establishment of a joint cooperation committee to coordinate in the military, political, economic, trade, and cultural fields.

What is driving this closer relationship between the UAE and Saudi Arabia? Will the two countries be able to translate a growing sense of common purpose into a comprehensive plan to tackle regional challenges? A year after President Donald J. Trump’s landmark visit to Saudi Arabia, how has the relationship between the U.S. administration and its principal regional partners evolved, especially regarding Iran and the conflicts in Yemen, Syria, and the Palestinian territories?

AGSIW hosted a roundtable conversation with Mohammed Baharoon, director general of b’huth, the Dubai Public Policy Research Centre.

Mohammed Baharoon is the director general of b’huth, which he established with Ahmed Al Mansoori in 2002 in Dubai, UAE. Baharoon received his master’s degree in English literature from Texas Tech University in 1995 and his English Major from Kuwait University in 1987. This led to a career in media where he worked as a reporter for Al Arabi Magazine, which was a premier cultural monthly in the Arab world. Baharoon continued his media career as a writer for Al Ittihad newspaper and then as an editor for Gulf Defence Magazine.