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