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From Resilience to RevolutionHow Foreign Interventions Destabilize the Middle East$
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Sean Yom

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231175647

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231175647.001.0001

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Conflict and Compromise in Kuwait

Conflict and Compromise in Kuwait

(p.45) 3 Conflict and Compromise in Kuwait
From Resilience to Revolution

Sean L. Yom

Columbia University Press

Kuwait is the book’s first case study and introduces the causal pattern of Middle East state-building. This chapter advanced this book’s theory about regime durability. At a critical juncture, a lack of British support forced the Sabah leadership into a position it did not desire: one where survival required compromising with powerful opposition, as well as sacrificing additional resources and power to woo new supporters like the Shiʿa minority. Power was consolidated through bargains rather than brutality.

Keywords:   Kuwait, British, revenues, merchants, commerce, opposition

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