The Emerging Military Alliance between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi: What are the Implications for Islamabad?

As featured in Al Sharq Forum

Saudi – Emirati Relations


So how does the emerging independent Saudi–Emirati military partnership challenge Pakistan’s military relations with the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)? The answer probably lies between President Trumps’ policies and the Pakistani military distancing itself from a Saudi-specific foreign policy. The main reason for Pakistan distancing itself, albeit slightly, has been the possible domestic backlash from being perceived as KSA’s poodle.