Yemen Needs a UN Security Council Resolution

Antonio Guterres and Martin Griffiths (UN)

by Peter Salisbury The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has brought together representatives of the internationally recognized government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels for a week of daily meetings in Sweden in what he cautiously… Continue Reading  

Senate Resolution Potentially Changes Middle East Dynamics

Ensaf Haidar, wife of imprisoned Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, protests in front of the Saudi Arabian embassy in Oslo, Norway, (Ryan Rodrick Beiler via Shutterstock)

by James M. Dorsey A draft US Senate resolution describing Saudi policy in the Middle East as a “wrecking ball” and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as “complicit” in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if adopted and implemented, potentially… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Giving Peace a Chance?

Martin Griffiths (lev radin via Shutterstock)

by Peter Salisbury In September, the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, failed to bring the parties to the table in Geneva after last-minute wrangling. This time he hopes to have better success. The Houthis arrived in Sweden on December… Continue Reading  

Six Steps to Make Most of Senate’s Yemen Vote

Home destroyed in Yemen war (Shutterstock)

by International Crisis Group The U.S. Congress is notoriously reluctant to take tough decisions on matters of war and peace, which makes the Senate’s 29 November vote on the conflict in Yemen all the more remarkable. The Senate voted by… Continue Reading  

Iran: Does President Trump Have a Case?

Trump reinstate sanctions against Iran (White House photo by Shealah Craighead)

by Peter Jenkins The Iranian nuclear problem has been on my mind for the last 15 years, and I am a fan of the diplomatic solution that was found in July 2015, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action… Continue Reading