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    The Emir of Kuwait, Skeikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, was one of the last of the Arab world’s old guard, the architect of Kuwait’s foreign policy for more than 50 years. When he passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91, it left a void in the country, and the Gulf more broadly, that few other figures can fill. Presenter: Mohammed Jamjoom Guests: Bader Al Saif – Kuwait University and the Carnegie Middle East Center. Abdullah Baabood – Visiting Professor at Waseda University, Tokyo. Dania Thafer – Directo, Gulf International Forum. –

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    Kuwait, officially the State of Kuwait, is a country in Western Asia. As of 2016, Kuwait has a population of 4.5 million people: 1.3 million are Kuwaitis and 3.2 million are expatriates. Expatriates account for approximately 70% of the population.

    Oil reserves were discovered in commercial quantities in 1938. Kuwait is a non-NATO ally of the United States. Kuwait is also a major ally of ASEAN, while maintaining a very strong relationship with China.

    Kuwait is a constitutional sovereign state with a semi-democratic political system. Kuwait has a World Bank high-income economy backed by the world’s sixth largest oil reserves. The Kuwaiti dinar is the highest valued currency in the world.

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