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  

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  

Does Yemen Need a New UN Envoy?

by Khalid Al-Karimi  Yemen’s internationally-recognized government has openly expressed dissatisfaction with the performance of United Nations Special Envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths. It has been furious and unsatisfied with the performance of this UN official. This is the first time… Continue Reading  

Making Yemen’s Hodeida Deal Stick

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