Biden’s Policy Shift on Yemen Rings Alarm Bells in Riyadh

April 19, 2021

At the beginning of February, the Biden administration made two relevant decisions on Yemen with far-reaching consequences for the country and US policy in the Arabian Peninsula. The first announcement concerned the end of US support for "offensive operations" conducted by the Saudi-led coalition...

Is Saudi Arabia Looking for an Exit from Yemen?

April 14, 2020

March 25 marked the fifth anniversary since a Saudi-led coalition of Arab states, with direct support from the US, launched its campaign of airstrikes against the Houthi rebels in Yemen. The air campaign has gone hand-in-hand with an effort by Saudi and Yemeni forces opposing the Houthis to regain...

Saudi Arabia’s Wars on Three Fronts

March 30, 2020

The Saudi crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), finds himself in a difficult place, fighting three very different sorts of wars. The first — and the longest running — is the Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen that on 25 March passed its fifth...

Are Saudi Arabia and MBS Becoming a Liability for the White House?

December 18, 2018

It would be hard to find the leader of any close American ally in recent history with a cloud over his head as the one over Mohammed bin Salman today. The December 14 Senate votes to end US military aid for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen and to condemn Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman...

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...

The Caliphate of Trump

June 13, 2018

Try to imagine America as an extreme nation or even, to put it as extremely as possible, the ISIS of superpowers. They are the extremists. If you need proof, look no further than the Afghan capital, Kabul, where the latest wave of suicide bombings has proven devastating. Recently, for...