Preventing a Civil War Within a Civil War in Yemen

by International Crisis Group Clashes in the port city of Aden between secessionists and loyalists of the internationally recognised president, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi, threaten to tip southern Yemen into a civil war within a civil war. Such a conflict… Continue Reading  

Averting the Middle East’s 1914 Moment

By the International Crisis Group Today’s standoff between the U.S. and Iran is reminiscent of tensions on the eve of World War I. A small incident could blow up into region-spanning conflict. Third-party mediation is urgently needed to begin de-escalation… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Saudi Arms Vetoes, Deconstructed

by William D. Hartung As expected, this week President Trump vetoed three Congressional resolutions that would have blocked the sale of tens of thousands of guided bombs and other equipment to Saudi Arabia because of its indiscriminate bombing of civilians… Continue Reading  

Mohammed bin Salman’s Yemen Quandary

by Thomas W. Lippman The decision by the United Arab Emirates to withdraw most of its troops fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen is unlikely to end the multiple conflicts raging in that unhappy country, but it could have wider implications… Continue Reading  

Saving the Stockholm Agreement and Averting a Regional Conflagration in Yemen

by International Crisis Group Yemen witnessed a rare moment of international coherence and focus in December 2018 when a UN-brokered, U.S.-backed accord prevented a battle for the Red Sea port city of Hodeida and staved off a likely famine. Seven… Continue Reading