Kuwait: Between Mediation and Maximum Pressure
Date(s) - 04/24/2019
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
The Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Kuwait projects itself as a champion of Gulf and Arab unity and participatory politics, as embodied in its support for regional institutions such as the Gulf Cooperation Council and, domestically, its own Parliament. Yet today, the Kuwait model of collaborative and deliberative politics is being challenged by a more maximalist approach to regional rivalries and domestic reform. With mediation waning, how is Kuwait managing the standoff between the quartet of countries boycotting Qatar and Doha? How is it responding to the hardball tactics deployed by Washington against Iran and the Palestinians? Is Kuwait adapting strategically to a more multilateral landscape that includes not only the United States, but also Russia and China? Will Kuwait’s more participatory politics yield distinct results in economic development and political inclusion?
AGSIW is pleased to invite you to a conversation around these questions and more.
Abdullah K. Alshayji, Professor, Former Chairman and Director, Political Science Graduate Program, Kuwait University
Susan L. Ziadeh, Non-Resident Fellow, AGSIW; Former Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Near Eastern Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Kristin Smith Diwan, Senior Resident Scholar, AGSIW (Moderator)