The Battle Lines of Yemen’s Endgame

March 10, 2021

An endgame, traditionally, brings both bad and good news. An endgame is always tense because those involved know things are coming to a head. We can see this in the battle theaters in Yemen over the past weeks. What we don’t see is the reality of how those battles are actually progressing...

Working Together Toward Peace in Yemen

February 11, 2021

Nothing in recent memory could have possibly done more damage to America’s relations with the Yemeni people and to its image in the region than Washington’s support for the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. The conflict produced the worst manmade catastrophe — one that never had to...

For Yemen, No Consistent EU Policy in Sight

August 28, 2020

The European Union and its member states have presented an approach to the ongoing conflict in Yemen that has lacked both coordination and coherence. The situation in Yemen, which was the poorest Arab country already before the eruption of a civil war in 2014, has been described by the Secretary...

Is Turkey Playing a Role in Yemen?

August 20, 2020

Throughout 2020, media across the Middle East have been reporting on Turkey’s purported influence and alleged role in Yemen’s civil war.

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...

Another Middle East War Is Internationalized

September 18, 2019

“If we don’t go to the Middle East, the Middle East will come to us.” That prophetic comment was once shared with me by an American general defending US policy — now questioned by many in the country, including President Donald Trump — to remain actively engaged actively in the Middle...

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...