The consistency of the Iraqi claims on Kuwait during the monarchy and the republic: 1921–1963 | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 9, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1751-2867
  • E-ISSN: 1751-2875



In 1990, Iraq invaded Kuwait; this action was a shock to the rest of the world. However, this action was not unprecedented. Historically, Iraq has laid claim to Kuwait since before World War I. In this research, I discuss the main occurrences of and reasoning behind Iraq’s claims on Kuwait. The main objective of this research is to highlight the importance of incorporating the historical relationship between the two countries in research relating to Arab countries. Historically, economically and socially Iraq’s claim to Kuwait is not resolved. Therefore, the UN demarcation of the borders between the two neighbours should not lead us to believe that this dispute is buried forever.


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