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Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen – Hopeful Ceasefire in Hodeida

An immediate ceasefire in Yemen’s besieged city of Hodeida came into effect on 18 December and was the first serious step towards establishing peace in the war-torn kingdom. A resumption in violence now threatens the fragile agreement. However, the shifting narrative concerning Saudi Arabia’s role will play a critical role in resolving the conflict – or at least in alleviating the tragic humanitarian crisis.

Middle East/North Africa Security

The Houthis: Sunni-Shiite conflict as a self-fulfilling prophecy

After failing to confront Iran’s growing power in Iraq and the Levant, Saudi Arabia and the UAE’s attempt to prevent Iranian meddling seems to have reinforced the sectarian split in Yemen – handing Iran the chance to integrate the Houthi movement into its network of proxies.

Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen: A forgotten war, new developments

Calls for the restoration of South Yemen, a worsening humanitarian crisis and the machinations of intervening regional powers all compound Yemen’s woes.

Middle East/North Africa Security

2017 Preview: Oman threatened as risks multiply

While Oman has so far managed to weather the storm of violence and instability gripping much of the Middle East, 2017 will present a range of challenges that threaten to undermine the country.

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Breaking down the Middle East’s sectarian tensions

The impact of rising Saudi-Iran tension has serious repercussions for peace talks. However, simple-minded sectarianism isn’t always so clear-cut when considering the region’s complex conflicts. One of the messages that

Middle East/North Africa Security

Yemen conflict reveals shortcomings of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policy

With its vast oil riches and status as custodian of Islam’s holiest sites, Saudi Arabia has long practiced conservative and discreet foreign relations. But since his ascent to the throne, King Salman has

Middle East/North Africa Security

Iran tests Saudi, American resolve in the Gulf of Aden

Last week, an Iranian humanitarian vessel departed from the port of Bandar Abbas in Iran, heading for the Houthi-held port of Hudaydah in Yemen. The manifest claimed a cargo of humanitarian

International Politics

Camp David summit fails to mend disagreements between US and its Gulf allies

The meeting between President Obama and leaders of the Gulf Cooperative Council (GCC), intended to reassure Gulf allies of American support despite an impending nuclear agreement with Iran, instead highlighted the increasing number

Middle East/North Africa Politics

Not just a proxy war: Yemen’s strategic importance

Yemen is a relatively small, poor, and remote country. However, recent airstrikes by a Saudi-led coalition against the advancing Houthi rebels have highlighted the strategic importance of this country.  When

Middle East/North Africa Natural resources and energy

Yemen crisis increases oil price volatility

Instability over Houthi insurgency and Saudi air strikes in Yemen have caused increased oil price volatility. It is fair to say that instability will continue in Yemen for some time