April 24, 2017 by Enid Buchanan
Building the Bridge between the US and UAE
Appointed in 2008, Yousef Al Otaiba https://twitter.com/yousefalotaiba1?lang=en has served as the Ambassador to the United States representing the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Since his appointment, he has quickly gained favor among those in charge of the interests of the United States for his skills and understanding of the issues which face both nations. This has led to him being responsible for proposing solutions which satisfy the interests of both countries.
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba did post-graduate studies in International Relations at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. The combination of immersion in American culture and studying at a world-renowned university allowed the Ambassador to gain insights which serve both the UAE and the US during the turbulent times which exist today.
Due to the strategic location of the UAE coupled with its liberal social and economic policies, the UAE has become the most important ally of the US in the Middle East. Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba works daily to ensure that this alliance grows stronger. One example of how Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba helped the alliance was the airstrike on ISIS forces in Syria in 2014. The Ambassador proposed to have the UAE Air Forces strike at the heart of ISIS under the command of a female combat pilot. This ingenious act affirmed the UAE’s shared values with the US while inflicting physical and psychological damage to ISIS.
Although working to strengthen the alliance, Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba has consistently represented the interests of the UAE. He continues to work to persuade the US that a two state solution to the Palestinian problem is most favored. He puts forth the concerns of the UAE that Iraq must maintain its integrity as a nation which allows the participation of all its citizens regardless of their religion.
The Ambassador understands that although there are always differences between allies, successful alliances are based upon common interests and goals. He knows that the common interests should be emphasized while respecting the differences. He recognizes that both the US and the UAE are dedicated to eradicating the radical extremism which produces so much fear and suffering. He understands that the Middle East is the pivot point in fighting terrorism. He also recognizes that both the US and the UAE are best served by healthy and vibrant economies.
With all of this, Yousef Al Otaiba has proven a most competent Ambassador for the UAE while cementing the friendship with the US.