UAE zeroes its regional problems at a brutal cost

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Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed al-Nahyan (MbZ), the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and de facto ruler of the UAE, last week visited Turkey for the first time in almost a decade, heralding a thawing in relations between the two countries. For the past decade, with the outbreak of the Arab spring, Turkey and the UAE have found themselves locked in a bitter rivalry throughout the Middle East and North African region. Turkey under the leadership of Erdogan has tended to support forces in the region roughly associated with Islamic democracy, against the old regional order of autocracy and tyranny that the UA…

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