Karen Young

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Karen Young is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. She teaches courses in international relations and political economy of the Middle East at George Washington University and Johns Hopkins SAIS. She is the author of The Political Economy of the United Arab Emirates: Between the Majilis and the Market and publishes frequently in policy and academic outlets.

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Foreign Policy Essay

Master Developers: The New Sino-Arab Gulf Visions of Economic Development

Editor’s Note: As the United States withdraws both from the Middle East and from its traditional global leadership role under President Trump, rising powers like China and regional players like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are moving to take its place. Trade, investment, and reconstruction aid are all in flux. Karen Young of the American Enterprise Institute assesses these new dynamics and finds that the Gulf states and China are moving closer in ways that will shift regional dynamics.

Daniel Byman

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