Drones are re-engineering the geopolitics of the Middle East

Source: Middle East Institute

Author(s): Mohammed Soliman

Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/drones-are-re-engineering-geopolitics-middle-east

The Middle East is experiencing a seismic shift in its geopolitics: the dawn of the era of drones. From Syria to Libya and from Yemen to Iraq, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have altered the dynamics on the battlefield. Turkey and Iran expanded low-cost, domestic UAV production, allowing Ankara and Tehran to advance their foreign policy agenda despite economic constraints. In response, Arab nations such as Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are rapidly developing their own UAV fleets. Non-state actors are another big winner in the drone revolution, as they gain the capability to deploy new tactics and strategies against nation-states. Agile and affordable, drones aren’t just a menace to remote conflict zones, but also to states far removed from theaters of war.

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