Since the death of Ali Abdullah Saleh, Saudi Arabia and the UAE are again trying to find a powerful figure in Yemen around whom they can both unite.
The UAE’s desire to counter Iran and maximize influence over Saudi domestic affairs is keeping it involved in Yemen, where its interests are not always in line with Saudi Arabia’s.
Iranian support for the Houthis has been marginal and does not shape their decisionmaking as much as local alliances and conflict dynamics do.
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What Saudi Arabia has accomplished in Yemen remains unclear, and what it is likely to accomplish is still uncertain. Four experts weigh in on Riyadh’s goals in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia’s campaign in Yemen has boosted popular support for the Houthis and is fueling greater anti-Saudi sentiment.
Riyadh’s support for militants fighting the Houthis has greatly benefited al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Yemen.
Saudi Arabia is supporting an ever wider range of Yemeni actors willing to fight the Houthis, but their political ambitions and limited capabilities are at odds with the kingdom’s interest in a unified Yemen.
Saudi Arabia’s lack of clear goals in Yemen is worsening the security vacuum and potentially undermining the kingdom’s national security.
Amid rising terror threats, meaningful security sector reform risks being delayed indefinitely.
Islah’s limited options may push it toward rapprochement with the Houthis, but the party will derive few benefits as the latter ramps up its campaign against the state.
Although the Houthis are well-poised to acquire new territories and increase their influence within Yemen, neither development will bring about peace or prosperity for the country.
Former Yemeni president Ali Abdullah Saleh is seeking to take advantage of the Houthi conflict to reestablish his influence and pave the way for his son to take power.
Though working on the premise of federalism, Yemen’s Constitution Drafting Committee is only reinforcing central presidential control.
The falling out between Riyadh and Doha leaves Yemen divided over which patron to follow.
UN Security Council resolution 2140 could help Yemen achieve a smoother transition if implemented objectively and effectively, but it risks deepening political divides.
The ongoing conflict in Saada exposes the divides in Yemeni politics, which are likely to obstruct the National Dialogue Conference and country’s political transition.
Tensions between Salafis and disenfranchised Houthis along the Saudi-Yemeni border escalate amid fears of insurgency.
Yemen’s National Dialogue continues to be undermined by separatist movements, yet it has no alternative but to succeed. If not, war is sure to follow.
Halfway into its mandate, can the National Dialogue Conference solve Yemen’s extensive problems?