Yemen’s Hodeida Offensive: Once Avoidable, Now Imminent

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by Peter Salisbury Over the last two weeks, the latest attempt to set Yemen on the path to peace has collapsed, triggering what could become the bloodiest battle of a war approaching its fourth anniversary. In a September 14 letter… Continue Reading  

Is the Yemen Peace Process Coming Back to Life?

Martin Griffiths, UN  special envoy on Yemen

by Peter Salisbury The UN special envoy to Yemen has invited the principal parties in the country’s civil war to Geneva for “consultations.” First of all, what is happening and why does it matter? After two years of political inertia,… Continue Reading  

Shaping A New Peace In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

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by International Crisis Group What’s new??Pakistan has merged the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghan border into an adjacent province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a big step toward bringing constitutional governance and restoring peace to these lands. But the interim… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Paramilitary Groups

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by International Crisis Group At the end of 2017, when Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared victory over the Islamic State (ISIS or IS), he thanked not just the state’s armed forces but also an array of autonomous armed groups.… Continue Reading  

Averting War in Gaza

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by International Crisis Group The recent escalation between Israel and Hamas was the most intense since the 2014 war. Although there are solid reasons why neither wishes to see another full-scale confrontation, the fact that nothing has been resolved in… Continue Reading