Saudis Face Foreign Criticism But No Domestic Backlash over Yemen


by Thomas W. Lippman In many countries, 19 months of war against an impoverished neighbor that rained death on civilians to no apparent gain might provoke widespread public protests. Not in Saudi Arabia. No one in Riyadh is marching around the… Continue Reading  

Yemen Forecast: More Chaos to Come


by Adam Simpson Before the Saudi-led coalition launched Operation Storm of Decisiveness in March, Yemen had many afflictions. Its weak central government was wracked by internal feuds and beset by a diverse and widespread opposition. There was a proliferation of… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Quagmire

On his second day of taken on the office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response (UNMEER), Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed visits Liberia.

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed (SRSG and Head of UNMEER) in a meeting at the Ebola Operation Center (EOC) in Liberia.
Monrovia, Liberia, on 6 January 2015
Photo: UNMEER/Simon Ruf

by Thomas W. Lippman Three months after Saudi Arabia rounded up a few allies and began an intensive bombing campaign against the rebels known as Houthis across the border in Yemen, a conventional wisdom has developed. “It has not worked,”… Continue Reading