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December 1, 2017

Shipping to the Red Sea port of Hodeidah has been largely cut off. How the Saudi Blockade Threatens Famine in Yemen

Averting famine will require Saudi Arabia to permit the resumption of commercial shipping of food and fuel to the besieged country.

November 17, 2017

King Salman meets with Saad Hariri in Riyadh. Saudi Arabia’s Lebanon Gambit

Saudi Arabia pressed Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri to resign to try to weaken Iran-backed Hezbollah in Lebanon. The path to resolving the crisis could run through Yemen.

March 13, 2017

The Futility of Force in Yemen

An escalation in U.S. counterterrorism strikes is unlikely to degrade the country’s al-Qaeda affiliate and a two-year-long Saudi-led air campaign is no closer to defeating Houthi rebels, says Ambassa…

October 28, 2015

Decision Time for Polarized Turkey

Snap elections in Turkey are unlikely to give the governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) a parliamentary majority, but could jeopardize a Kurdish peace process, says expert Gonul Tol.

February 25, 2015

Who Are Yemen’s Houthis?

The Houthi movement’s rapid ascent has created opportunities for al-Qaeda to expand and intensified the Saudi-Iranian rivalry, adding a sectarian dimension to Yemen’s turbulence, says expert April Lo…

August 20, 2014

Can Iraq Save Itself?

As prime minister, Haider al-Abadi could lead Iraq in a positive direction, but long-term stability in the war-torn country will require political concessions from all factions, explains expert Ned P…

June 7, 2011

Yemen’s Uncertain Political Future

As Yemen lurches into increased instability with no clear successor to President Saleh. Yemen expert Bernard Haykel says the best intermediate political solution would be a national unity council unt…

September 14, 2012

Middle East and North Africa
Islamist Extremism After the Arab Spring

The Arab Spring severely weakened the narrative of Islamist extremists but they are now stirring anti-U.S. sentiments in fragile new democracies, says Mideast expert Ali Soufan.

June 2, 2011

Political Movements
Yemen Tensions at the Tipping Point

Yemen could be edging toward civil war, particularly if the military gets involved in both sides of the conflict, says Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen, but the United States has limited ability to influ…

December 28, 2011

Elections and Voting
Potential ’Political Chaos’ in Iraq

As the last U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq this month, an emerging political battle among the country’s top leaders has raised concerns over its stability. It underscores the difficult road ahead for…