Soft Power Policing in Abu Dhabi: A Summary of Findings

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Alhanaee, M. and Mozova, K. 2018. Soft Power Policing in Abu Dhabi: A Summary of Findings. AICBMM-ICISSS Oxford Conference Series November 2018: 7th Academic International Conference on Business, Marketing and Management and 10th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies. Boston, United States of America 19 - 21 Nov 2018 FLE Learning.
AuthorsAlhanaee, M. and Mozova, K.
TypeConference paper
Abstract

The concept of ‘soft’ power is an established component of Western approaches to crime reduction and prevention. Through learning and imitation, ‘soft power’ has increasingly begun to be applied in the Middle East, in large part due to the fact that local police have come to realise the limitations of coercive or repressive interventions. In attending to the specific context of Abu Dhabi, this paper engages with this development through a mixed methodological approach that draws on both phenomenological and descriptive methods. This research is first-of-its-kind and poses important implications for future practice in Abu Dhabi but also in the wider context of the Middle East. It demonstrates that while the country’s police officers are familiar with the concept and evidence a willingness to apply it, there are gaps within their specific knowledge; this in turn creates challenges for police forces which can be suitably addressed through training focused on day-to-day activities, further research andnorganisational motivation.

KeywordsAbu Dhabi; Soft policing; Police reform
Year2018
ConferenceAICBMM-ICISSS Oxford Conference Series November 2018: 7th Academic International Conference on Business, Marketing and Management and 10th International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Science Studies
PublisherFLE Learning
Publication dates
Online21 Dec 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited03 Nov 2023
Journal citationpp. 16-25
Book titleConference Proceedings of the Oxford Conference Series: November 2018
Book editorChhina, R. K.
ISBN9781911185826
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://flepublications.com/proceedings/10th-international-conference-on-interdisciplinary-social-science-studies/
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