Westernization in the UAE Final

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Westernization and its effects on the United Arab Emirates Zachary D. Jaworski Undergraduate Student at the John C. Whitehead School of International  Relations and Diplomacy
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Introduction The superseding purpose of this journal is to explain the overwhelming effects of  westernization, both positive and detrimental, on the United Arab Emirates 1 .  This will be  accomplished through accurate analysis of sources and information.  However, in order  to wholly comprehend the information at hand, one must first fully understand the idea  behind “westernization.”  The term westernization refers to the influence of the western  world on other less developed countries.  Westernization includes, but is not limited to,  globalization   and   the   advancement   of   social   and   economic   ideals   through   foreign  societies.  Westernization became abundantly apparent as the cold war came to a halt and  the USSR collapsed.   At this point in history, there was a massive rush of liberal  “western” ideals flowing throughout the world’s population.  Therefore, “westernization”  refers to the widespread diffusion of western ideas of economy, politics, and society all  over the world.  Westernization can be seen as both good and bad . Several believe that westernization contributes to the loss of culture in the world .  The United Arab Emirates  is a perfect example of the effects of Westernization not only because of its booming  economic success, but also because of its loss of a cultural identity do to constant  “Americanization.”.  The young country was born as a nation in 1971 where its primary  source of income was pearls and the camel trade.   However, with the help of outside  agents such as the United Kingdom and the United States, the UAE now boasts a national  GDP 2  comparable to that of any western country.          The United Arab Emirates and Westernization 1 See Appendix Graphic 1. The UAE Consists of 7 Emirates (Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fujairah, Al Ain, Sharjah, Ras Al-Khaima, and Um Al-Quain. 2 See Chart 1-1 in Appendix 2
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I History of the United Arab Emirates  Before its independence in 1971, the UAE was referred to as the Trucial states of  the Persian Gulf.   The Trucial states, early in the 19 th   century, granted the United  Kingdom control of their defense and foreign affairs through a series of treaties.  The first  oil pockets in the Trucial States were found by the British Petroleum company in 1950.  The British Oil tycoon paid very generously to the tribal leaders heading the state at this  time.  Sheikh Zayed Bin Maktoum, who was the head of the Trucial state tribes, was the 
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