March 13, 2014
Working Group on Defense Industrialization in Saudi Arabia and the UAE
Against this backdrop, the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security convened a working group on March 13, 2014 to examine defense industrialization in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The working group focused on the development of domestic military industries in Saudi Arabia and the UAE over the past decade. The participants discussed the nature of the defense partnership between the US and the two countries given their internal and external defense priorities, focusing on the strengths of the relationship and areas of improvement. The participants also broadly discussed the impact of defense modernization in Saudi Arabia and the UAE in regional terms, with a particular focus on medium and long-term trends.
The working group’s findings will contribute to a report authored by Bilal Y. Saab, Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security, due to be rolled out in the Spring.