Hope Fades for New Talks in Yemen as Battles Intensify

April 15, 2020

After a five-year-long conflict, hope for a new round of peace talks in Yemen begins to fade away a week into Saudi Arabia’s unilateral halt to military operations. Soon after the announcement on April 9, confusion set in over the intent of the ceasefire and the lack of monitoring. Clashes...

Bombs, Then Food: Saudi Arabia’s Humanitarian Strategy in Yemen

Riyadh’s strategy of breaking down Yemen without allowing it to collapse entirely now provides the kingdom with more opportunities to lead its reconstruction. Yemen’s population is enduring extreme living conditions with little chance of a positive change on the horizon. According to the World...

Iran Threatens to Use Foreign Fighters against Its Own People

March 12, 2019

Tehran’s threat to use foreign fighters against its own people is a clear indication that many in the Iranian security forces will not follow orders if mass protests erupt. On March 6, Musa Ghazanfarabadi, head of Tehran’s Revolutionary Court, threatened, if necessary, to bring in foreign...

The Keys to Peace in Yemen

October 17, 2018

Finding a political settlement that is mutually agreeable to most of the stakeholders in Yemen will be a critical part of any potential post-civil war settlement. While many observers of the conflict in Yemen have focused on the external interventions of the Saudi-led coalition and Iran, this...

Yemen Crisis Spills Over into the Red Sea

July 31, 2018

The Houthi attack on a Saudi crude carrier has been interpreted as an indication that Iran may make good on its promise to disrupt shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. On July 25, Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a Saudi Very Large Crude Carrier (VLCC) near the Bab-al-Mandab strait, causing Riyadh...

Syrian Refugees in Yemen: Left to Their Own Fate

September 29, 2013

Syrian refugees in Yemen must be protected from exploitation. Perhaps one of the most efficient ways to comprehend the political and economic situation in Yemen is to see who the beggars in the streets are. The common scene would involve Africans or Yemeni marginalized communities begging at...