Kuwait Sees No Benefit from Gulf Sqaubbling

By Richard LeBaron

Richard LeBaron is a nonresident senior fellow with the Atlantic Council with a special focus on the Gulf region. He previously served as deputy chief of mission at the US embassy in London from August 2007 to August 2010. Ambassador LeBaron served as ahargé d'affaires in London from February to August 2009. Previous to his assignment to London, Ambassador LeBaron served as the US ambassador to Kuwait (2004 to 2007).

With the dispute between Qatar and its neighbors nearing the two-month mark with no resolution in sight, Kuwait has stepped in as a mediator in an effort to resolve the conflict. The Cipher Brief’s Bennett Seftel sat down with Richard LeBaron, former U.S. Ambassador to Kuwait, to discuss why Kuwait did not take sides in the ongoing crisis and the country’s counterterrorism record.

TCB: Why did Kuwait not side with Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the UAE, and Bahrain in the ongoing crisis with Qatar?

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