Experts see the death of the Emir of Kuwait, as it was earlier this year of Sultan Oman Kabus, who was a moderate leader and mediator in the region, as the silver of an era in the Gulf. In their place, a young and aggressive generation of leaders has come to power, especially in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, leading a hawkish line against Iran.
“Although the rising forces in the neighboring Gulf states have not always heeded his advice, the emir was a reminder of a hard-working order for a partnership of good international will in the region,” wrote Kristen Fontaineros, a Middle East expert from the Atlantic Council.
The new emir, 83, takes the reins in the small but rich country, where one-seventh of the world’s oil reserves are. This is at a time when the government is trying to strengthen the economy that has been hit by falling oil prices and the corona plague, in a country where its citizens enjoy a rich welfare system. The energy, investment and foreign policies of the princesses are not expected to change.
Diplomatic sources and experts estimate that Nawaf, who lacks his brother’s rich experience as a mediator, is likely to focus on internal issues such as choosing a regent, who can reach a consensus in the royal family and work with parliament. The Kuwaiti parliament has the greatest influence among its counterparts in the Gulf states, and at times it confronts the government and delays economic reforms. However, Amir has the last word and he can dissolve parliament.
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