January 11, 2018

In Yemen, 2018 Looks Like it Will Be Another Grim Year

Water reservoir in Yemen
Water reservoir in Yemen

December brought some of the biggest shifts in Yemen’s civil war since a Saudi-led coalition entered the conflict in March 2015. On Dec. 4, former president Ali Abdullah Saleh was killed by members of the Zaydi Shiite Houthi movement with whom he had been allied until just a couple of days before. His death has led to newfound optimism in Riyadh and elsewhere that the Houthis can be defeated militarily in 2018.

Yet Saleh’s death has produced fewer substantive changes in the balance of power than might have been anticipated. And the incentives for many actors involved in the war to sustain rather than end it remain high.

Read the full article on The Washington Post’s Monkey Cage.

Peter Salisbury is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.