Yemen Needs a UN Security Council Resolution

Antonio Guterres and Martin Griffiths (UN)

by Peter Salisbury The UN special envoy for Yemen, Martin Griffiths, has brought together representatives of the internationally recognized government of President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi and Houthi rebels for a week of daily meetings in Sweden in what he cautiously… Continue Reading  

Armenia Elections Boost Hopes for Peace with Azerbaijan

Nikol Pashinyan (Alexander Chizhenok via Shutterstock)

by Olesya Vartanyan One of the windows in Sonya Matinyan’s home is filled in with bricks. The glass of the other is splintered by a rifle bullet. The roof has taken a few missile hits and leaking water has stained… Continue Reading  

Yemen: Giving Peace a Chance?

Martin Griffiths (lev radin via Shutterstock)

by Peter Salisbury In September, the UN envoy to Yemen, Martin Griffiths, failed to bring the parties to the table in Geneva after last-minute wrangling. This time he hopes to have better success. The Houthis arrived in Sweden on December… Continue Reading  

Six Steps to Make Most of Senate’s Yemen Vote

Home destroyed in Yemen war (Shutterstock)

by International Crisis Group The U.S. Congress is notoriously reluctant to take tough decisions on matters of war and peace, which makes the Senate’s 29 November vote on the conflict in Yemen all the more remarkable. The Senate voted by… Continue Reading  

Kandahar Assassinations Show Rising Taliban Strength in Afghanistan

Afghan Brig. Gen. Abdul Raziq, left, Kandahar provincial chief of police, shakes hands with Afghan Uniform Police instructors at the Kandahar Regional Training Center in southern Afghanistan, Jun. 7, 2012 (Renee Crisostomo via Wikimedia Commons)

by International Crisis Group At least one gunman attacked a gathering of Afghan and U.S. officials inside the Kandahar governor’s compound on the afternoon of October 18. The shooter, believed to be one of the governor’s guards, killed the most powerful man in… Continue Reading