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How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Military Base

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United Arab Emirate is increasingly focused on projecting military power west of Suez by establishing its first and major decades-spanning military base in the Eritrean port of Assab. The development of Assab naval and air force base might mark the beginning of a more purposeful, considered phase of Emirati military expansion.

By Alex Mello and Michael Knights,

Britain militarily withdrew from areas “east of Suez” in 1971, triggering the Trucial States to form today’s United Arab Emirates. Now, 45 years later, this Arab country is increasingly focused on projecting military power “west of Suez.”

Events such as the Arab Spring in 2011, Iran’s growing confidence and escape from nuclear sanctions, plus the rise of the Islamic State have convinced Emirati leaders to become more activist in managing the risks facing their federation. Most recently this has resulted in this tiny Gulf nation establishing its first power projection base outside of the Arabian Peninsula in the Eritrean port of Assab. Continue reading How Eritrea Became a Major UAE Military Base