Kuwait: Governance, Security, and U.S. Policy
Congressional Research Service Washington United States
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Kuwait remains pivotal to U.S. efforts to secure the Persian Gulf region because of its consistent cooperation with U.S. strategy and operations in the region and its proximity to both Iran and Iraq. Kuwait and the United States have a formal Defense Cooperation Agreement DCA under which the United States maintains forces and pre-positioned military equipment in Kuwait. These forces contribute to U.S. efforts to project power and otherwise operate in the region, including to combat against the Islamic State. Kuwait has offset some of the costs of U.S. operations in the region since Iraqs 1990 invasion of Kuwait, and receives no U.S. foreign assistance.