Arab governments have spent tens of millions of dollars on lobbying and on think tanks as shown in their article. “The UAE has used its outsized role to bend U.S. policy in a more militant direction toward the country’s foes: Iran, Qatar, the Houthis in Yemen, and a coalition government in Libya that has gotten backing from Qatar.” The tens of millions of dollars likely also influences domestic policies such as immigration from Muslim countries to the US and Europe.
THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES is on pace to contribute $20 million over the course of 2016 and 2017 to the Middle East Institute, one of Washington’s leading think tanks, according to a document obtained by The Intercept. The outsized contribution, which the UAE hoped to conceal, would allow the institute, according to the agreement, to “augment its scholar roster with world class experts in order to counter the more egregious misperceptions about the region, inform U.S. government policy makers, and convene regional leaders for discreet dialogue on pressing issues.”
The Emirates, according to the Associated Press, operate a network of torture pens in Yemen where detainees are grilled alive.
MEI was founded in 1946 and has long been an influential player in Washington foreign policy circles. It serves as a platform for many of the U.S.’s most influential figures, allowing them to regularly appear on cable news, author papers, host private briefings and appear on panels in between stints in government.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
United Arab Emirates infowar
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
United Arab Emirates (AE) is estimated to have a population of 9.9 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 1.9% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 1 million.