Kuwait’s Political Turmoil Spells Trouble for Economic Reforms

The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, speaks during a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, Washington D.C., Sept. 7, 2017 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).
The emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, speaks during a news conference with U.S. President Donald Trump, Washington D.C., Sept. 7, 2017 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

On Monday, Kuwait’s emir, Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, accepted the resignation of the country’s entire Cabinet, dissolving it amid political infighting but with no official explanation. The move reflects Kuwait’s contentious political system, which has jeopardized the country’s recent efforts to stave off a financial crisis through needed economic reforms. In an email interview, Kristian Coates Ulrichsen, a Middle East fellow at Rice University’s Baker Institute and an associate fellow at Chatham House in London, explains what was behind the Cabinet’s resignation and what it means for Kuwait’s political and economic future. WPR: What led Kuwait’s emir to dissolve the […]

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