Kuwait is a small country in terms of size and military might, however, it has an abundance of oil wealth. Kuwaiti rulers have often met their domestic and international security challenges with buying off the problems. This type of policy continued until late 1989, when the tension between Iraq and Kuwait reached a new height. The turning point for Kuwait security was 2 August 1990, when Iraqi military finally invaded Kuwait requested the military power of the United States. This began a new era in the United States-Kuwait relationship. Since Iraqi forces were discharged from this small Gulf State, Kuwait has enjoyed relatively more external security in its region and with its neighbors. The newly found sense of security is in most part due to the presence of the American forces in this state. Another benefit of the United States presence is to train Kuwaiti military forces, so they can become more effective. In 1991, the United States and Kuwait signed a ten-year agreement, which was renewed in 2001 for another ten years. In the last few years, there is growing concern about the future of Kuwait when the second agreement will expire. The United States-Kuwait relationship depends on many factors, one of which is the domestic political environment of America. As the number of American casualties increases in Iraq, the American voters may decide to decrease United States presence in Persian Gulf. This will seriously affect the future security of Kuwait.
Sadri, Houman A.
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Arts and Sciences -- Dissertations, Academic; Dissertations, Academic -- Arts and Sciences; Kuwait -- Foreign relations -- United States; Kuwait -- History; Kuwait -- Politics and government
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