GERIATRIC LEADERSHIP

Kuwait and Saudi Arabia are led by aging, ailing emirs and princes who have been unwilling to pass on power to a younger generation.

BLOATED WELFARE STATES

Thanks to oil wealth, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been slow to invest in the private sector while employing hundreds of thousands in government jobs.

REGIONAL INSTABILITY

A decade after the Gulf War, Iraq remains a flash point as U.S. war ships stream toward the gulf and 9,500 U.S. troops remain in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Data: BusinessWeek

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