Yemen

الجمهورية اليمنية

Both Graham’s and Bono’s undoubtedly sincere efforts belie a deeply flawed understanding of what exactly the Marshall Plan was, and how and why it was so effective at h...(full article)

As has happened repeatedly since 9/11, the US and countries like Britain fail to combat terrorism because they give priority to retaining their alliance with Saudi Arabia and the G...(full article)

One unintended consequence of the war in Yemen: Al Qaeda now runs its own mini-state, flush with funds from raiding the local central bank and levying taxes at the local port....(full article)

In the past year, a group of Arab journalists has been working secretly in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Algeria, and Yemen as part of a global network of investigative reporters mining the...(full article)

War crimes committed by the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen are treated as accidents even when they aren’t. Despite the fact that they illegally declared an entire region of the...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Saudi Reply to Obama's Weakness - Nawaf Obaid, National Interest

There are three elements one must understand about the Salman Doctrine: it has not spontaneously appeared, it is based on a solid assessment of history and it is bringing about sig...

U.S. Is Quietly Aiding a Deadly War in Yemen - Sarah Whitson, LA Times

It's relatively well known that the U.S. and Britain are contributing to the war effort as the lead providers of the Saudi coalition's arsenal. Saudi Arabia has been on a global ar...

Is Cold Peace Possible in the Middle East? - Kevin Sullivan, RealClearWorld

That Hezbollah's involvement in Saudi Arabia's costly campaign in Yemen -- in addition to its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad -- would compel the kingdom to punish Lebano...

Will There Be Peace in Yemen? - Bruce Riedel, Al-Monitor

Signs point to Saudi Arabia wanting out of its war in Yemen as Oman-mediated talks open with the Shiite Houthi rebels....

Will Iran Send Forces to Yemen? - Abdulrahman al-Rashed, Asharq Al-Awsat

Iran does not lack courage to get more involved in Yemen, but this will backfire on it militarily and politically. Perhaps this is what Riyadh needs to prove that Iran’s thre...

Another Failed War in the Middle East - Daniel Larison, Amer. Conservative

The Saudi-led intervention has been going on for over eleven months, and in that time it has failed in all of its stated objectives. The Houthis have not been driven from the capit...

Doctors Are Dying Across the Middle East - Colum Lynch, Foreign Policy

Physicians, nurses and patients are under assault by the Syrian and Russian air campaign and U.S.-backed Saudi war in Yemen....

ISIS's Expansion Woes - Gartenstein-Ross & Barr, War on the Rocks

Judging from the Islamic State’s propaganda, it would appear the group is rapidly overtaking the Muslim world. The Islamic State has declared wilayats (provinces) in ten coun...

Yemen's War Is Spilling into Saudi Arabia - Hugh Naylor, Washington Post

Thousands of Saudi troops have been deployed along these desiccated hills, struggling to halt cross-border attacks by Yemeni rebels who fire rockets and carry out lethal ground inc...

What Tiny Bahrain Tells Us About Today's Mideast - Kevin Sullivan, RCW

As a Sunni minority power with a long and somewhat sordid relationship with Iran, the Bahraini monarchy has little choice but to mirror the regional strategy of its Saudi patrons. ...

Are the Saudis Ready to Fight in Syria? - Madawi Al-Rasheed, Al-Monitor

With no end in sight to Saudi Arabia’s military intervention in Yemen, is Riyadh ready to risk major casualties by sending ground troops to Syria?...

The Many Middle East Solutions - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

It will be a Middle East shaped by struggle over a one-state solution, a no-state solution, a non-state solution and a rogue-state solution....

U.S. Should Halt Its Support for the War in Yemen - Dan Larison, AmCon

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...

Why Sudan Wants to Stop the 'Spread of Shiism' - Al-Monitor

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...

Old Myths Perpetuate Poor Analysis of Saudi - Hassan Hassan, National

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...

Fear and Loathing in Saudi Arabia - Kenneth Pollack, Foreign Policy

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....

The High Cost of Saudi Insecurities - David Ignatius, Washington Post

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...

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...

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