Atlantic Voices | Yemen: A Regional Problem With International Consequences
Atlantic Voices, Volume 6, Issue 11 – November 2016
One of the Arab world’s poorest nations, Yemen has been torn apart by a civil war since 2015. Opposing forces loyal to the internationally-recognised government of President Abdrabbuh Mansour Hadi and that of the Houthi rebel movement, the conflict also counts international components which make the situation harder to resolve. Often regarded as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran, it is hard to see a potential resolution of the conflict in the near future. Its continuation war contributes to the spread of terrorist networks in the region, and the ever growing number of Yemeni refugees will have a negative spill over effect on the neighboring countries.
Yet another ceasefire was announced on 19. November 2016.
The first article will focus on the power struggle entangled in the conflict; the second will focus on NATO’s ties with the Gulf region and the parties involved in the war in Yemen.
- A Regional Issue with International Consequences
Mr. Neil Thompson analyzes the power struggles at play in the war in Yemen, focusing on the regional implications of the conflict as well as the role NATO could play in order to contain the consequences of the situation on the Bab el-Mandeb strait, a crucial point of passage for oil exports.
- NATO, Relying on Regional Actors in Yemen
Ms. Flora Pidoux studies the elements at stake in the conflict of Yemen for the Alliance, highlighting NATO’s backing and reliance on regional powers such as Saudi Arabia. The potential role the Gulf Cooperation Council could play in bringing an end to the conflict is also examined.
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