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  

Yemen Needs a UN Security Council Resolution

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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  

Yemen: Giving Peace a Chance?

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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  

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