Geoffrey Martin

Succession in Kuwait

The death of Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah comes at a difficult time for the small Gulf country. Economic crisis, disputes within the ruling family and of course Covid-19 mean that the Emir’s successor takes power at a critical moment.

Kuwait at the Crossroads
A view of the skyline in Doha, Qatar's capital.
Other Lessons of the Qatar Crisis

If Saudi Arabia and its allies can’t get their recalcitrant neighbour to budge, does that mean Qatar won the blockade crisis? It’s a tempting conclusion, but the reality of interconnectedness in the Gulf paints a different picture.