Pompeo: Iran Threat Inflation Eludes Search For Allies

Mike Pompeo meets with Iraqi President Barham Salih (State Department via Flickr)

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi “Nations are rallying to our side to confront Iran in the region like never before,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a major foreign policy speech in Cairo on January 10. Claiming that his administration… Continue Reading  

Focus on the Political in Yemen

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by Alireza Ahmadi Despite meager progress in United Nations-led negotiations between the warring sides in Yemen, a cessation of hostilities, never mind a durable peace, is not likely to follow soon. After all, political barriers still stand. As Chatham House’s… Continue Reading  

Making Yemen’s Hodeida Deal Stick

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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  

The Other Gulf State That Is Manipulating U.S. Mideast Policy

Donald Trump and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Wikimedia Commons)

By Avery Beam and Thomas Low Following the brutal murder of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi lobby’s efforts to gain influence in Washington have been placed under greater scrutiny. However, Saudi Arabia is not the only country cozying up to the… Continue Reading  

Historic Senate Vote Sets Stage for End to U.S. Role in Yemen

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by William Hartung Last week’s 56 to 41 Senate vote to end U.S. support for the brutal Saudi/UAE war in Yemen was historic on several fronts. It marked the first time the Senate used the War Powers Resolution of 1973… Continue Reading