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What’s more important to peace in the Mideast than secure borders and treaties?

While it often seems like most Middle Eastern countries are bogged down solving the problems of the 20th century — or, in some cases, those of the eighth century — here in Abu Dhabi and the rest of the United Arab Emirates, they are grappling with the challenges of the century to come.

It has been said before, but it is hard to overstate the striking nature of the successes in this small country on the edge of the Gulf of Oman and the Persian Gulf. The UAE undoubtedly faces some growing pains and has a long list of reforms that are yet to be made. But, remarkably, in public forums like the one I’ve just participated in here co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute and the Emirates government, UAE business and government leaders are the first to identify these and debate openly how to prioritize, what models to emulate, what country they want to be a decade from now or in a generation or two.

Read: What’s more important to peace in the Mideast than secure borders and treaties? – By David Rothkopf | David Rothkopf.

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