Fighting for Legitimacy: The Dueling Sovereignties in Southern Yemen

August 20, 2019

Recent clashes in Aden lay bare the untenable sociopolitical status quo in southern Yemen. Weeks of attacks and conspiracies reveal a strained Saudi-Emirati alliance and unaddressed southern Yemeni grievances. A tenuous partnership between forces of the Saudi-backed, internationally-recognized...

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...

Can UN Talks Bring Peace to Shattered Yemen?

June 15, 2015

The UN-brokered peace talks are a long shot, but they are critical in order to stop the violence in Yemen. On June 15, UN-brokered talks will begin in Geneva to bring an end to the conflict in Yemen. But many Yemenis know that with the increasingly hostile armed factions, a destroyed economy and...

Saudi Arabia’s Unrealistic Goals in Yemen

June 03, 2015

Saudi Arabia’s bombing campaign is destroying the very stability it claims to seek in Yemen. On March 26, a Saudi Arabian-led military coalition—composed of ten Sunni Muslim states, including all Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) members except Oman—launched “Operation Decisive Storm” in...

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...

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: 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...

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

January 09, 2014

Why have the fruits of the "Arab Spring" not been met? Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle East and North Africa from...