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?
Yemen’s complex insecurity will make National Dialogue talks difficult.
Southern secessionist movements may prove a serious obstacle to the upcoming national dialogue.
Ousting the port of Aden’s old management might signal that Yemen’s north-south tensions are easing.
The Houthi conflict in Yemen has taken a turn for the worst since the uprisings.
Encouraging the dissolution of the state is not the way to solve Yemen’s problems.
Brian O'Neill recommends that the U.S. shift its focus away from Sanaa and be ready to work with the real powerbrokers—even if they are outside its comfort zone.