Has Kuwait reached the sectarian tipping point?

Author
Michael Rubin
Content Type
Policy Brief
Institution
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
Abstract
Kuwait is perhaps America's closest Arab ally; it remains the only country in the Middle East on whose behalf the United States went to war. Although the Islamic Republic of Iran has at times tried to leverage Kuwait's large Shi'ite minority against the Kuwaiti state, it has mostly been unsuccessful. Indeed, Kuwait's Shi'ite ­community has repeatedly worked to prove its loyalty to Kuwait. Recent political instability, however, is again opening the door for sectarian forces to undermine Kuwait and, by extension, an important pillar of US defense strategy.
Topic
Conflict Prevention, Defense Policy, Islam, Bilateral Relations, Sectarian violence
Political Geography
United States, Iran, Middle East, Arabia