Yemen: The Fate of Hodeida

Martin Griffith (UN photo by Manuel Elias)

by International Crisis Group The battle for Hodeida is reaching the point of no return. UAE-backed Yemeni forces are poised to begin operations to take this Red Sea port and city of 600,000 from Houthi rebels. This is the final,… Continue Reading  

Somalia and the Gulf Crisis

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo

by International Crisis Group The bitter rivalries underpinning the crisis among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have added a dangerous new twist to Somalia’s instability. Competition between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the one hand, and Qatar… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Saudi Press Agency)

by International Crisis Group Saudi Arabia is re-engaging with Iraq after nearly a quarter-century of broken ties. The rapprochement began in 2016, sharply accelerated in mid-2017 and stands to move even faster after Iraq’s general elections in May 2018, particularly… Continue Reading  

How Europe Can Save the Iran Deal

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron (Number 10 via Flickr)

 by International Crisis Group The nuclear agreement between Iran and the P5+1 (also known as the E3/EU+3) is beginning to look like a pyrrhic victory. U.S. President Donald Trump has had the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East

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by International Crisis Group Editor’s Note: What follows is the executive summary of a recent report from the International Crisis Group, “Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East,” which tries to analyze Iran’s activities in the Middle East from Iran’s perspective. As the… Continue Reading