Russia’s Growing Clout in Southern Yemen

by Jonathan Fenton-Harvey Russia’s 2015 military intervention in Syria marked the beginning of its increasingly dominant power-broker status in the Middle East and North Africa. Russia has often initially adopted a neutral stance in various regional situations, talking with multiple… Continue Reading  

Violence in Aden Tests Emirati-Saudi Alliance

by Giorgio Cafiero and Dr. Khalid al-Jaber Almost five-and-a-half years ago, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) launched a military campaign to defeat Yemen’s Houthi rebellion. Although Riyadh and Abu Dhabi saw the dominant Houthi militia, Ansurallah, posing… Continue Reading  

The Wisdom of the UAE’s Retrenchment

by Paul R. Pillar Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ), crown prince of Abu Dhabi and the de facto chief executive of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), evidently has determined that his principal regional policies have not been working well and require… Continue Reading  

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  

Trump is Doubling Down on Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but Congress Won’t Give Up

By Erica Fein President Trump has vetoed five bills this year. Four of them have dealt with U.S. support for the Saudi and Emirati (UAE) monarchies and their role in the now four-year-old brutal war and humanitarian nightmare in Yemen.… Continue Reading