Houthi Rebels Gain Momentum in Yemen

August 05, 2020

Early on July 13, the Houthi rebels launched their second coordinated attack on Saudi Arabia in 20 days. The Saudi-led coalition said it intercepted and destroyed four ballistic missiles and six explosive drones that had been launched from the Houthi-controlled Yemeni capital Sanaa. While the...

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...

Can the Murder of Jamal Khashoggi Help Bring an End to the War in Yemen?

October 22, 2018

Following Jamal Khashoggi’s assassination, serious questions are finally being asked about British and American involvement in the Yemen War. There is a link between the disappearance and murder of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the terrible war in Yemen that, after more than three...

How Abu Dhabi Is Playing Saudi Arabia

September 17, 2018

For now, Mohammed bin Zayed is happy to play the director allowing his young star the limelight. On June 6 in Jeddah, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and his Abu Dhabi counterpart, Mohammed bin Zayed (MBZ), convened the first meeting of the Saudi-Emirati Coordination Council. Abu...

America’s Absence from the Global Stage

December 01, 2017

America was once the colossus around which all other peace-loving, democratic or aspiring democratic nations rallied, says former US Ambassador Gary Grappo. Global crises and near-crises, hotspots and powder kegs appear to be multiplying daily. All of them have implications not only for...

What Lies Ahead for Yemen in 2017?

January 08, 2017

For Yemen, it’s a case of: there's only one way up when you're at zero. As the old saying goes, only once we have hit rock bottom can we rehabilitate ourselves. Usually the preserve of the individual, this saying can also been applied to countries in distress. And perhaps no more so than the...