Saudi Arabia’s newfound regional assertiveness is raising the stakes for Washington.
Improving global security depends on understanding that not all violence stems from state weakness. U.S. Security Assistance policy should evaluate strategy and recipients accordingly.
By catering to the Saudis in Yemen, the United States has empowered al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, strengthened Iranian influence in Yemen, undermined Saudi security, and brought Yemen closer to the brink of collapse.
Of all the foreign policy fantasies of the current administration, one of the most alluring is that key Sunni Arab states can now be mobilized effectively in the service of U.S. interests.
Breaking Yemen further with a militarized U.S. policy will only help AQAP.
Iranian support for the Houthis has been marginal and does not shape their decisionmaking as much as local alliances and conflict dynamics do.
The Arab Spring protests upended the order of the Middle East, but six years later much remains the same.
In an interview, Carnegie’s Farea al-Muslimi outlines the deadly dynamics at play in Yemen.
Sada contributors share their take on what the extraordinary election of Donald Trump could mean for a region in turmoil.
The United States should understand that it holds most of the cards and that it can use military assistance, among other tools, to push Saudi policy in a direction that favorable to U.S. interests.