Yemen

الجمهورية اليمنية

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

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...

Saudis Look to Egypt to Counter ISIS, Iran - W.R. Mead, American Interest

Egypt might normally prefer to look almost exclusively westward, where the chaos in Libya both poses an explicit threat to its own security (radicals and weapons moving across the ...

The Farce of Houthi Rule - The National

Indeed, one of the most darkly amusing elements of this crisis has been the way the Houthis have sought to use the language of the law after their brutal takeover. They have claime...

Yemen Disintegrates - Japan Times

The roots of the Houthi unrest go back to 1962, when Egypt’s President Gamal Nasser invaded Yemen and with the support of Yemeni republic army officers overthrew the Imamate ...

Words Won't Stop Yemen's Houthis - The National

The Arab League has been denouncing the “coup” in Yemen ever since the government in Sanaa was pushed aside. What it has not done – and what it did not do on Wedn...

Saudi-Iran Competition, Houthi Ascendance in Yemen - Chatham House

Interviews with people who have been granted rare access to the Houthis’ inner circle of leaders (including its so-called ‘executive committee’, a council that ov...

Can Yemen Be Saved? - Barak Barfi, Project Syndicate

Yemen is mired in crises that it cannot solve alone. Unless its international allies throw it a lifeline, it risks being swallowed by a sea of disorder that could imperil the entir...

The Houthis Now Run Yemen - Joshua Keating, Slate

The apparent coup in Yemen last month, when President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi resigned after Houthi rebels occupied his palace, is now official. The Houthis announced today that the...

The Toxic Terror Brew: Land, Money and a Story - John McLaughlin, Ozy

Today’s terrorism is far from what it looked like just 14 years ago in the wake of 9/11. It’s dangerous and powerful in new ways, and will prove seductive for much of the world...

Iran's Powerful non-Nuclear "Bomb" - G. Nuseibeh & E. Epstein, J-Post

Iran may have already secured its greatest leverage, achieving a strategic and economic chokehold on Saudi Arabia and Israel at the same time....

Did Drones Contribute to Yemen's Collapse? - Joshua Keating, Slate

A U.S. drone strike hit a vehicle in central Yemen on Monday, killing three members of al-Qaida according to a representative of the group. The strike was the first since Yemen&rsq...

Yemen Falls Apart, Lebanon-Style - Faisal Al Yafai, The National

Yemen is, again, leaderless. Last week, on the day Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah passed away, the president of Yemen Abdrabu Mansur Hadi and his entire government resigned....

Yemen Exposes Obama's Crumbling 'Partners' Strategy - Washington Post

In devoting 250 of the 6,800 words of his State of the Union address to the fight against “violent extremism,” President Obama offered a boilerplate description of his policy....

Ignoring Iran's Evildoing - Benny Avni, New York Post

All of a sudden Iran’s all over the news — and not in a good way....

Rise of the Houthis: Yemen's New Power Brokers - Jeb Boone, GP

In a speech broadcast to homes across Yemen on Tuesday evening, the leader of the group Ansar Allah, known locally as the Houthis, reassured millions of Yemenis that despite the ru...

Yemen, the Country where the Coup Never Ends - G. Johnsen, BuzzFeed

In fighting that Yemeni government officials invariably described as an “attempted coup,” Huthi loyalists shelled a presidential palace as well as the residence of President Ab...

Yemen Coup Hurts US Al Qaeda Fight - Jamie Dettmer, Daily Beast

Shiite rebels stormed the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital Sanaa on Tuesday, increasing chances the country will plunge into a broader sectarian conflict and hugely com...

As Yemen Falls, So Does U.S. Strategy - Mark Thompson, Time

As the nation awaited President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday—and any new decision on how he plans to wage war on Islamic fundamentalism—one of his key approac...

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