Since the start of the Saudi-led intervention in 2015, AGSIW has closely watched developments in the conflict in Yemen. Through workshops, roundtables, public panels, and issue and policy papers, AGSIW has explored a way forward for Yemen, monitoring the humanitarian crisis, economic conditions, and regional implications.
By Peter Salisbury
February 14, 2018
Yemen’s humanitarian crisis is now the world’s largest in terms of the number of people in need. The crisis is the result of long-simmering structural issues in Yemen’s economy, the civil war, and the politicization of the economy during the three-year-old conflict.
By Stephen A. Seche
February 5, 2018
A simmering conflict between separatists in Southern Yemen and Aden-based elements of Yemen’s exiled government spilled out into the open in late January. This produced a torrent of commentary by Yemen analysts warning that the events point to a deepening fissure between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the two principal members of the military coalition seeking to restore the government of President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi. While the outbreak of hostilities between separatist forces in Aden that enjoy Emirati support and those representing the Hadi government is certainly unhelpful, its causes have more to do with long-standing Southern grievances than disagreements between Riyadh and Abu Dhabi. Both governments sent senior military officials to Aden to establish a cease-fire and refocus attention on the continuing struggle to defeat the Houthi insurgency, a goal that, nearly three years after it entered Yemen’s war, still eludes the coalition.
By Karen E. Young
May 25, 2017
The civil war in Yemen is now approaching its fourth year, and the rising cost of the conflict in its humanitarian disaster and continued investments by the warring parties in military expenditures suggest that cost is not a deterrent or impediment to war. While the immediate costs to the Yemeni people have been clear, the future cost to Gulf neighbors, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in particular, may be more than these states have estimated.
December 19, 2016
On October 14, 2016, the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington and b’huth, the Dubai Public Policy Research Center, co-hosted the workshop “Yemen after the War,” at the AGSIW offices in Washington, DC. The workshop examined challenges and opportunities in a post-conflict Yemen. Participants in the daylong event included subject matter experts from diverse academic, professional, and national backgrounds. The discussions evaluated the daunting obstacles currently hampering efforts to achieve a cessation of hostilities, as well as the challenges related to planning for what the discussants unanimously concluded would be a lengthy recovery process following the conflict. The workshop was divided into three sessions. The first focused on designing a lasting peace and an inclusive transition, the second reassessed the role of the international community and the private sector in Yemen, and the third provided an opportunity for participants to make concluding remarks and offer recommendations for the best way forward.
October 6, 2015
On Tuesday October 6, 2015, AGSIW Executive Vice President Ambassador Stephen Seche testified in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee at a hearing on “The U.S. Role and Strategy in the Middle East: Yemen and the Countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.” In his testimony, Seche stated:
On the face of it, the newfound assertiveness of Arab Gulf states like Saudi Arabia and the UAE might well suggest a greater degree of confidence and maturity than seen heretofore. And while I would like to think this is the case, I am persuaded that it is motivated at least in equal measure by a collective anxiety…