Human Rights Gateway to the Gulf? Can Kuwait be used to improve the human rights situation in the GCC member states?
The main and central question that this thesis attempts to answer is, as mentioned in the previous paragraph, "To what extent can Kuwait be used as a gateway for Dutch human rights policy in the GCC region?" A counter question that a critical reader might pose would be "Why Kuwait?" The an‐ swer to that is that there is a certain impression, among academics, the media and the informed public, that Kuwait is furthest along the way to Western‐style democracy and implementation of human rights policy. How much truth this idea holds will be large part of the first two chapters of this thesis.
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