Yemen

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Obama should withdraw the support he’s provided to the Saudis and their allies. The intervention has had predictably disastrous results, and there is growing evidence that th...(full article)

On the one hand, it is clear that the Saudis and the Sudanese are consciously crafting a mutually convenient financial and political alliance. However, the relationship is perplexi...(full article)

Broadly speaking, much of the punditry about Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states at large tends to rely on old facts and myths – mostly dating back to the 1990s. Perpetuating old s...(full article)

Saudi royals are scared about everything from the rise of Iran to the drop in oil prices. And Washington telling them to calm down only makes them angrier....(full article)

Saudi Arabia’s insecurities have been a driver of conflict for 40 years. Fearful of domestic threats, the Saudis bankrolled PLO terrorism, jihadist madrassas, al-Qaeda’s founde...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

This Isn't 1973. Let's Dump Riyadh - Ryan Cooper, The Week

But there's the rub, isn't it? Being hardheaded about the U.S. national interest does not necessarily imply accepting sociopathic violence. It might under some circumstances (suppo...

Behind the Scenes at Yemen's Peace Talks - Nawal Al-Maghafi, ME Eye

A UN insider close to Security Council members told me that they were concerned that the Yemeni government and the Saudis were making no progress on the ground, with fighting in Ta...

Can Oman Help the Saudis Save Face? - Giorgio Cafiero, Al-Monitor

Oman, the only GCC country that did not join the Saudi coalition fighting in Yemen, could help the Saudis negotiate peace there....

Hope for an End to Conflict in Yemen - Krishnadev Calamur, The Atlantic

Representatives of the government and Houthi rebels are meeting in Switzerland after a cease-fire took effect....

Why This Mideast Plant Is a Big Problem - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Chewed between the teeth and the gums, and most commonly identified by the protruding cheeks of its users, khat is the more colloquial shorthand for the mildly narcotic leaves of t...

Al-Qaeda Fills the Void in Yemen - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

Easily forgotten amid the near-daily headlines about the conquests and crimes committed by the Islamic State group is the fact that al-Qaeda -- once the most notorious and fearsome...

Islamic State Rises in Yemen - Ashraf al-Falahi, Al-Monitor

The growing level of violence is strengthening IS and putting it on a direct collision course to replace AQAP as flag bearer for the Holy War against their enemies. Both groups see...

The Arab Anti-ISIS Coalition Goes AWOL - B Riedel, Al-Monitor

Arab countries claiming their opposition against the Islamic State have stood down in their battle against the self-proclaimed "Caliph Ibrahim," creating a political void in the co...

An Incentive for Peace in Yemen - The National

With hopes for a resumption of UN-brokered talks to end the fighting in Yemen, the return of the country’s internationally-recognised president to Aden has powerful symbolic ...

Yemen Is Turning into Saudi Arabia's Vietnam - Hugh Naylor, Wash Post

Since March, the key U.S. ally has led a coalition of mostly Gulf Arab countries and Yemeni fighters in a military campaign to drive out Iranian-aligned rebels who seized the capit...

Both Sides Dig Into the Yemeni Quagmire - Peter Salisbury, WPR

The war in Yemen has pushed the country to the brink of famine, according to the United Nations’ World Food Program, while Yemenis are dying daily because of a lack of access...

Saudi Arabia's Yemen Gambit - Neil Partrick, Carnegie Endowment

Saudi Arabia sees Iran as responsible for all its security threats, including the Houthis in Yemen. As it argues, by restricting Sunni groups’ strategic options in Yemen and ...

The War in Yemen Reaches Fever Pitch - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

If a cease-fire is not arranged, the battle for Sanaa will turn into a humanitarian disaster....

Why Yemen Suffers - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

A coalition of Saudi-led forces continued to pound rebel-held positions in the Yemeni province of Marib with artillery this week, forcing Iran-backed Houthi rebels to retreat from ...

The Fight to Free Yemen - The National

Marib province, on the edge of the desert east of Yemen’s capital, might not seem to be the inevitable route to drive the Houthi-led rebels from Sanaa. But it is essential to...

Insights from a Saudi General - Walter Russell Mead, The American Interest

It can be hard to read the tea leaves in a conversation like this—General Eshki no longer holds any official role in the Saudi government, and continues to insist that the di...

Don't Blame Mideast Unrest on Saudi-Iran Rivalry - Rami Khouri, CR

A more complete explanation of the battered Arab region today must include accounting for several other mega-tends: the impact of the last twenty-fix years of non-stop American mil...

The Rise of the Islamic State in Yemen - Salisbury & Mohsen, Vice News

The IS attacks appear designed to create discord between Yemen's Sunnis and Shias, according to Katherine Zimmerman, an al Qaeda analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Ins...

A Cautious Hope in Yemen - The National

Yesterday brought another sombre reminder of the sacrifices members of this country’s armed forces continue to make in the effort to secure stability in the region. First Lie...

U.S. Freezes Aid to Yemen - Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

The decision has dismayed some US-funded aid organizations. They say their assistance to the Arab world's poorest country is needed now more than ever as the Saudi-led bombing camp...

Why Yemen Talks Will Likely Go Nowhere - Bruce Riedel, Brookings

This weekend, the Houthis captured the provincial capital of Al Hazm in Al Jawaf province. They already controlled much of the province, but Al Hazm's capture consolidates their co...

Absent Empire, Chaos Reigns in the Middle East - Robert D. Kaplan, FP

Imperialism may have fallen out of fashion, but history shows that the only other option is the kind of chaos we see today....

Why the Saudis Can't Win in Yemen - Bruce Riedel, Al Monitor

Saudi Arabia is seen as having jumped into the war in Yemen without having thought out the consequences for itself, the United States and the struggle against the Islamic State....

How Indonesia Could Help Solve Yemen - Rakhmat & Askar, The Diplomat

Jakarta is well placed to mediate a resolution....

The Confused Person's Guide to Yemen - Karl Sharro, The Atlantic

“What the hell is happening in Yemen?” is now one of the most urgent geopolitical questions in the Middle East. Sadly, few people are qualified or knowledgeab...

Saving the Saudis from Their Yemen Disaster - Bloomberg View

After a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry last week, Saudi Arabia announced a five-day cease-fire of its bombing campaign in Yemen. It's a step toward peace -- but only a...

Time for Politics in a Desperate Yemen - Dan Depetris, Sismec

Highly concerned that the security situation inside Yemen was no longer possible to ignore, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud made a decision that was highly uncharacteristic of Sa...

A Messy Yemeni Divorce Is Underway - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

In the south of Yemen today, every outsider is a northerner. The red star on a blue border, part of the old South Yemen flag, can be seen everywhere. The “northern occupation...

Iran and Saudi Arabia Are on a Collision Course - Farzin Nadimi, TWI

To prevent recent airline and shipping incidents from escalating into a wider military confrontation with Iran, all sides will need to exercise great caution in the Persian Gulf an...

A Catastrophe in Yemen - New York Times

Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen’s civil war was always a risky gamble. Now there’s evidence showing just how damaging four weeks of airstrikes have ...

For Obama, Iran Detente Always Wins - Jonathan Tobin, Commentary

When Americans heard on Monday that the United States had diverted two capital ships from their stations in the Persian Gulf to new positions off of Yemen, it sounded as if the Oba...

The Yemen Trap - Fred Kaplan, Slate

The civil war in Yemen is a messy power struggle that will likely get worse before it gets better....

Iran Weaves a Middle East Nightmare - Benny Avni, New York Post

In pushing for a deal to stop Iran from getting nukes, Washington hopes to reform Iran so it will “take its rightful place in the community of nations.”...

How Yemen Became a Stage for Proxy Battles - Michael Petrou, Maclean's

Yemen, already the poorest country in the Middle East, is falling to pieces....

America's Failed Strategic Approach to Chaos - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

The United States now faces a rapidly evolving world filled with new challenges at a time when real-world defense planning is focused on budget cuts, when U.S. "strategy" lacks pla...

Yemen Shouldn't Become Iraq - The National

The first visit to Washington by Haider Al Abadi, Iraq’s prime minister, has been anything but dull. Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mr Al Abadi took aim at Yemen and spe...

Yemen's President: Save My Country - Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi, NYT

Riyadh — My country, Yemen, is under siege by radical Houthi militia forces whose campaign of horror and destruction is fueled by the political and military support of an Ira...

Perilous Escalation in Yemen - Irish Times

Yemen’s civil war is becoming a humanitarian catastrophe, a playing field for regional rivalries and a spoiler in the geopolitical detente between the United States and Iran....

Saudi Arabia, Iran Fight for Regional Supremacy - Der Spiegel

A Saudi Arabia-led coalition continues to bombard Yemen in an effort to stop the advance of an Iran-backed Shiite militia there. The conflict is becoming a proxy war for regional s...

Yemen a Good Test Run for Arab Army - Theodore Karasik, The National

It’s been more than a week since a Saudi Arabian-led coalition launched air strikes against Houthi rebel targets in Yemen. Operation Decisive Storm is made up of 10 Sunni sta...

The Middle East: A Rubik's Cube of Conflict - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Never in modern times has the Middle East been so chaotic. Many of us who have worked in the region have been comparing it — frighteningly — to Europe’s Thirty Ye...

The Road to a Middle East Grand Bargain - Ali Hashem, Al-Monitor

If Saudi Arabia and Iran were interested, the confrontation in Yemen could give way to a grand regional bargain....

Riyadh's Own Cuban Missile Crisis - Bilal Saab, Foreign Affairs

ith the intervention in Yemen, Saudi Arabia’s military is trying to kill several birds with one stone. In the near term, it is safeguarding the country from what Riyadh perce...

The "Yemen Model:" Obama's Great Failure - Amanda Taub, Vox

On Wednesday, a mere day before Yemen's monthslong crisis collapsed into such chaos that rebels ran the president out of the country, and several days after US special forces had f...

Stop Cheering the Foolish Saudi War in Yemen - Kevin Sullivan, The Week

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia won bipartisan support and praise from Washington last week for its recent push to repel the advances of Iranian-backed rebels in the crisis-prone count...

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