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U.S. Freezes Aid to Yemen

Julian Pecquet, Al-Monitor

Why the Saudis Can't Win in Yemen

Bruce Riedel, Al Monitor

How Indonesia Could Help Solve Yemen

Rakhmat & Askar, The Diplomat

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

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....(full article)

Jakarta is well placed to mediate a resolution....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Turkey's Bad Yemen Move - Fehem Tastekin, Al-Monitor

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s backing for the Saudi-led camp in the Yemen crisis aims both at an indirect score-settling with Iran and injecting Gulf money into th...

Saudi Arabia's Ominous Reach into Yemen - New York Times

The Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen threatens to turn what has been a civil war between competing branches of Islam into a wider regional struggle involving Iran. It could...

Regional Rivalries, Local Suffering in Yemen - The Guardian

The Saudi-led coalition is bombing a country to thwart Iranian influence. The Sunni-Shia clash is becoming an overarching narrative in the Middle East....

Tell Me How This Ends Well - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

I’ve been in China for the last week. It’s always instructive to see how the world looks from the Middle Kingdom. Sometimes the best insights come from just reading the local p...

Autonomous Arab World Sending Message to US - Amal Mudallali, NI

Operation Decisive Storm, the new coalition led by Saudi Arabia to roll back the takeover of Yemen by the Houthis is seen as an awakening by most of the Arabs, a new page that rest...

War Is Consuming the Middle East - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

For many years, the world has looked at the Middle East in fear that any conflict there could spill over into a region-wide war that pits the two great sects of Islam against each ...

Redux: How Yemen Buries Foreign Powers - Asher Orkaby, TNI

In response to pleas from Yemen’s deposed President Hadi and out of concern for the uncertainty of a Houthi-led government, Saudi Arabia announced the beginning of a bombing ...

The Arab World Coalesces Against Iran - Ariel Ben Solomon, Jerusalem Post

The Saudi-led Sunni coalition against the Iranian-backed Houthis in Yemen has no greater supporter than - Israel....

The Dangers of the Arab Intervention in Yemen - Ken Pollack, Brookings

The news that the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states along with Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Pakistan, and Sudan have launched air strikes against Houthi forces in Yemen should give ...

This Is the Wrong Response to Yemen's Crisis - S Phillips, Lowy Interpreter

Short of a full-blown ground invasion, the Saudi-led (and US-UK-supported) aerial bombardment of Yemen - Operation Decisive Storm - was probably the most dangerous of the available...

A Radical Red Sea Geopolitical Reset - Alex de Waal, World Politics Review

On Monday in Khartoum, the leaders of Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia signed an initial accord on mutual water rights to the Nile River, removing another obstacle to Ethiopia’s mas...

Saudis Lead the Fight in Yemen - Eli Lake & Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View

The Saudi Arabian-led intervention into Yemen's civil war Thursday was remarkable for both the size of the coalition involved and the speed with which the plan coalesced. The U.S.,...

Why Are 10 Countries Attacking Yemen? - Jeremy Shapiro, Brookings

The incident as a whole demonstrates, if any demonstration was necessary, that in the Middle East everything is logically and intimately related to everything else. So by defining ...

The Strategic Importance of Yemen - Anthony Cordesman, CSIS

Yemen is a growing reminder of just how important the strategic U.S. partnership with Saudi Arabia really is. It is one thing to talk about the war against ISIS, and quite another ...

Yemen Strikes Are an Important First Step - The National

The swiftness of the strikes has taken everyone by surprise. Around midnight on Thursday, Saudi Arabia began air strikes against Houthi targets inside Yemen. That represents a sign...

The Significance of Saudi Arabia Bombing Yemen - I. Tharoor, WP

In the early hours of Thursday morning, Saudi Arabia bombed positions in Yemen held by Houthi militias, a rebel force that had already thrown out sitting President&n...

From Yemen to Iraq, Iran Is on the Rise - Eli Lake, Bloomberg View

To understand how the hurried evacuation of U.S. special operations forces from Yemen is connected to Iran's regional strategy, look no further than Atheel al-Nujaifi, the Sunni go...

All Options on the Table in Yemen - The National

Predicting the intent and actions of the Houthi fighters is a dangerous and usually futile game. Since the Houthis’ emergence from their stronghold in north-west Yemen, they ...

Russia Keeps Close Watch on Yemen - Maxim Suchkov, Al Monitor

Russia is not likely to get too involved in the Yemen crisis, preferring instead to monitor developments from afar and choose its allies carefully....

Yemen and the Future of Terror - Max Boot, Commentary

Far from decimated, Al Qaeda is, in combination with the Iranian-backed Houthi militia, chasing the US out of Yemen, which, far from being a shining example of US counter-terrorism...

Meeting Yemen's Houthis - Safa AlAhmad, BBC

Last September, thousands of fighters from northern Yemen seized control of the country's capital, Sanaa. The government was weak, its army fractured, and the rebels - called the H...

Yemen on the Edge - Elias Groll, Foreign Policy

Sunni attacks on Iraqi Shiites sent the country spiraling into civil war. Will the new bombings in Yemen send it down the same bloody path?...

Yemen: A Country on Brink of Falling Apart - Safa AlAhmad, BBC

Last September, thousands of fighters from northern Yemen seized control of the country's capital, Sanaa. The government was weak, its army fractured, and the rebels - called the H...

A Perfect Storm of Peril in Yemen - Paul-Anton Kruger, Sueddeutsche

Shia militiamen, Sunni clans, al-Qaida, Iran and Saudi Arabia all have their hands in the rapidly shifting sands of the poorest state in the Arabian Peninsula. Yemen is everybody's...

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