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Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, center, oversees the Gulf Cooperation Council summit in Kuwait City, Dec. 5, 2017 (AP photo by Jon Gambrell).

Kuwait Adds Heft to Its Regional Role With Its Security Council Perch

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Kuwait has had a strong start to its two-year term as one of the 10 rotating members of the United Nations Security Council. In February, it organized and hosted an international conference for the reconstruction of Iraq that raised a promised $30 billion in loans and investments. It has also partnered with Sweden to advance several draft resolutions for cease-fires in Syria and to coordinate the Security Council’s humanitarian work there.

Long an active player in regional diplomacy, Kuwait is well-placed to act as a bridge connecting Arab and international efforts to find mediated solutions to conflicts and flashpoints in the Middle East. Its role is driven largely by its current ruler, or emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, who served as foreign minister for 40 years between 1963 and 2003 and is, at 88, the elder statesman in the Persian Gulf. ...

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