The single most important event in Kuwait’s contemporary politics and history is the Iraqi encroachment of the early 1960s. This event still imbues the memories of the Kuwaitis, and, given the lukewarm attitudes of the successive Iraqi regimes toward Kuwait, it will not be easily or soon forgotten. Indeed, it has shaped the future of the Kuwaiti-Iraqi relationship, and the national attitude, mood, and trust of each party towards the other.