Making Yemen’s Hodeida Deal Stick

Hudaydah port

by Peter Salisbury On 17 December, the UN announced a ceasefire in the contested governorate of Hodeida. Thus far, after some initial wobbling, it has held. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s senior Yemen analyst Peter Salisbury unpacks the ceasefire and… Continue Reading  

Reviving UN Mediation on Iraq’s Disputed Internal Boundaries

Iraqi Peshmerga fighters (Wikimedia Commons)

by International Crisis Group Amid the Middle East’s violent upheavals, Iraq has finally navigated to calmer waters. While Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) remnants continue to trouble rural areas north of Baghdad, the group has largely been defeated… Continue Reading  

Avoiding a Free-for-all in Syria’s North East

Turkish and Free Syrian Army forces in Afrin, February 2018 (Shutterstock.com)

by International Crisis Group What’s new? President Trump’s surprise decision to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria followed previous warnings that he justified their presence only as part of the campaign to defeat the Islamic State (ISIS). Trump said the mission… Continue Reading  

Rightsizing the Transnational Jihadist Threat

Sinai militia carrying al-Qaeda flags head for a funeral of killed militants (Hisham Allam/IPS)

by Sam Heller A recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has warned that the worldwide jihadist menace is more dangerous than ever. The November 2018 report, “The Evolution of the Salafi-Jihadist Threat”, estimates there may… Continue Reading  

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