Just Published: "Kuwait Defence & Security Report Q1 2015"
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[USPRwire, Mon Jan 05 2015] Kuwait continues to have a close defence relationship with the US, although Kuwait's role in facilitating terrorism in the region is creating tensions within the relationship. BMI does not believe that Kuwait faces any immediate serious threats to its security. H owever, rapidly changing regional dynamics, and particularly the instability in Iraq, could potentially pose a threat to Kuwait in the long term .
Kuwait is one of the more stable countries in the Middle East, and integrated under the US defence security umbrella, it is generally perceived as a Western ally. However, we believe that its failure to stamp out financing activities on its territory in support of terrorism is creating tensions in its relations with the US. In this sense, the ongoing civil war in Syria and the instability in Iraq throw a shadow over the emirate.
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We believe that Kuwait remains an essential base for the US in order to project power into the Gulf, and that the ongoing strength of the defence partnership can be determined from the recent deployment of an additional 2100 marine task force to Kuwait. In our view, Kuwait's continuing contracts for PAC-3 missiles, for example, to boost its air defence capabilities with US defence manufacturers, such as Raytheon and Boeing demonstrate the strength of the alliance.
BMI believe that it is important for Kuwait not to divert from the democratic path particularly in relation to its treatment of the opposition in the domestic arena. We believe that to support long-term internal stability, it is important to include all strands of society in the political process. We believe that political inclusion for the purpose of stability is currently all the more important in view of declining oil prices, which could also affect stability if public spending was ever to be reduced.
* On October 15, a top Kuwaiti defence official announced that the state of the Gulf Cooperation Council planned to launch a joint naval...
The Kuwait Defence & Security Report features Business Monitor International (BMI)'s independent forecasts for national and international security, the defence industry, military expenditure, employment in arms production, and arms imports and exports, as well as examining industry trends and prospects, national and multinational arms producers and the regulatory environment.
BMI's Kuwait Defence & Security Report provides professionals, consultancies, government departments, regulatory bodies and researchers with independent forecasts and regional competitive intelligence on the Kuwaiti defence and security industry.
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