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Volume :35 Issue : 138 2017      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Kuwaiti-American Relationship under the Shadows of the Palestinian Cause.

Auther : Khaled Abdullah al-Bateni

This article investigates the United States' relationship with Kuwait after its transformation from a sheikhdom to a state in 1961. This research looks into this relationship from a diplomatic perspective. It focuses on challenges that the young nation faced on both a regional and international level concerning its sovereignty and security. On the regional level, Kuwait needed to be recognized as a sovereign state because of the Iraqi claims that Kuwait was part of Iraq. Therefore, Kuwait supported the Palestinian cause, which was the core of the Arabic identity, to gain recognition and acceptance. Meanwhile, Kuwait had to cooperate with the world's superpower to secure its independence among hostile neighbors. Kuwait looked to the United States for security. However, the problem is that the United States supported Israel, the major enemy of the Arabs. Consequently, the Kuwait-U.S. relationship had become tenuous, surrounded by complex circumstances. Thus, under these circumstances Kuwait had to balance its pro-Arab stance with its need for security, provided by the United States.

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