Video Duration 25 minutes 20 seconds
From: Inside Story

What’s next for Kuwait after the death of its ruler?

The late Emir was buried in Kuwait City on Wednesday after his death in the US.

Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, the architect of Kuwait’s foreign policy for more than 50 years, was one of the last of the Arab world’s old guard.

He spent decades in the position as foreign minister and became the emir in 2006, ruling since.

His passing on Tuesday at the age of 91 left a void in the country and the Gulf region more broadly.

He was succeeded by his half-brother, 82-year-old Sheikh Nawaf al-Ahmad al-Sabah.

The rapid succession promised political continuity, but how difficult will it be to follow a man known as the dean of Arab diplomacy?

Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom


Bader al-Saif – professor at Kuwait University and non-resident fellow at the Carnegie Middle East Center

Abdullah Baabood – visiting professor at Waseda University in Tokyo

Dania Thafer – director of the Gulf International Forum