With the death of its emir, what’s next for Kuwait?

What does the death of Sheikh Sabah mean for the region, and the future of Kuwait?

A handout picture released by the press office of the Emir of Kuwait Diwan on October 1, 2020, shows Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, left, meeting Kuwait's new Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, right, and offering condolences to the latter, while mask-clad due to the coronavirus pandemic, at the Emiri Terminal of Kuwait International Airport [Emir of Kuwait Diwan/AFP]
A handout picture released by the press office of the Emir of Kuwait Diwan on October 1, 2020, shows Oman's Sultan Haitham bin Tariq Al Said, left, meeting Kuwait's new Emir Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah, right, and offering condolences to the latter, while mask-clad due to the coronavirus pandemic, at the Emiri Terminal of Kuwait International Airport [Emir of Kuwait Diwan/AFP]

One of the last of his generation, Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah died this week at the age of 91. The ruler of 14 years leaves the Gulf region without one of its leading advocates for peace. What does this mean for the region and the future of Kuwait?

In this episode:

Bader al-Saif, an assistant professor of history at Kuwait University, and a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Middle East Center.

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Amy Walters produced this episode with Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha, Dina Kesbeh, Priyanka Tilve, Ney Alvarez, Negin Owliaei, Alexandra Locke and Malika Bilal.

Alex Roldan is The Take’s sound designer. Natalia Aldana is the engagement producer. Stacey Samuel is The Take’s Executive Producer, and Graelyn Brashear is Al Jazeera’s Head of Audio.

Source: Al Jazeera

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