What Happened to Yemen?

March 04, 2016

Political infighting and violence have plagued Yemen since the Arab Spring began in December 2010. The hopes and aspirations of Yemen’s youth have dissipated into a near permanent state of war. Five years on from the electrifying momentum toward change sweeping through the Arab world’s...

Diplomacy is the Only Solution for Yemen

July 20, 2015

The international community must accelerate efforts to bring the conflict parties back to the negotiating table in Yemen. For over three months, a Saudi-led military alliance has been bombing Yemen in an attempt to weaken the Houthis, a predominantly Zaidi Shiite group, and their ally, former...

The Next Step in Yemen’s War

April 30, 2015

Who is likely to lead a ground offensive in Yemen? Despite Saudi Arabia declaring an end to Operation Decisive Storm, victory still seems elusive for either side in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition continues to bomb targets and exerts efforts to coordinate local ground forces. The air campaign...

The World This Week: Romeo Kisses Juliet

April 03, 2015

The multilateral deal the world’s great powers have cut with Iran is wise, courageous and the right thing to do. In a week blighted by tragedy and violence, there were two remarkably positive developments. First, the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany concluded a...

Oman Could Hold the Key in Yemen

April 02, 2015

Oman could serve as a crucial mediator for the conflict in Yemen, where dialogue presents the only way forward.   As the conflict in Yemen has taken a turn for the worse, observers believe Saudi Arabia’s military response to calls for assistance by Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi...

Yemen Faces Uncertainty After Government Resigns

January 28, 2015

Yemen’s future remains unclear, with regional and international repercussions likely. Although the impact of recent events in Yemen, driven by a brazen rise to power by northern Houthi rebels, has already been felt at the national and international level, it is yet to fully unravel. For...

The Yemen Crisis Explained

November 04, 2014

What does the current turmoil in Yemen mean for the future of the country? Yemen, often in the headlines for US drone strikes and al-Qaeda’s most active franchise, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has received heightened media attention for a different reason, a successful military...

Yemen at a Glance: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

July 29, 2014

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has gained a new sense of empowerment from its relations with ISIS. The Yemeni army launched military operations in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shebwa on April 28, in order to thwart the resurgence of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its...

Yemen at a Glance: Houthi Rebels and Southern Secession

July 22, 2014

President Hadi continues to face mounting security challenges amid Houthi rebels and southern secessionists. Challenges posed by Islamist militants are among a myriad of threats to Yemen’s stability. President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, however, continues to face mounting challenges on two other...

Yemen at a Glance: Politics

June 23, 2014

Yemen’s problems are structural and deeply-rooted in five decades of failed state-building projects.  Much elation over the transition from Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule has long dissipated, replaced now by local and international acknowledgment of the failure to...

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