By James M. Dorsey
The war by Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies against Houthi rebels in Yemen has become a debilitating sectarian conflict that has reduced large parts of the impoverished country to rubble and potentially destabilising the region. The kingdom has framed its approach in stark sectarian terms that has sparked intolerance towards minorities, first and foremost Shiites, who are depicted as pawns of an expansionary Iran.
Saudi Arabia fears that its influence, based…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on September 16, 2015 at 7:07am — No Comments
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Before the uprising in Yemen I worked as a Computer Engineer in Sana’a, Aden, Mukalla and Hodiedah. It was a good opportunity and I was happy to have a stable job in a country where unemployment is so high. On my free time I would volunteer with civil society organizations. Increasingly, I started to love my volunteer work, more than I did my job. When the…Continue
Added by Elvira Felix on August 18, 2015 at 8:02am — No Comments
By James M Dorsey
Saudi Arabia’s four-month old bombing campaign against Houthi rebel forces in Yemen has had mixed results beyond devastation in the region’s poorest country. The insertion of Saudi-trained Yemeni ground forces that support exiled president Abd Rabbah Mansour Hadi led last month to the capture of the port city of Aden from the rebels.
The Yemen war and the prominent role of Saudi Arabia’s powerful defence minister, Mohammed Bin Salman, have nevertheless,…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on August 4, 2015 at 12:29am — No Comments
By James M. Dorsey
The military strategies of the United States and its regional allies focused on bombing campaigns, support for local militias, and inherently weak military forces to fight potential ground battles, have failed to defeat rebel forces in Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Libya. Calls for the introduction of ground forces against Islamic State (IS), the jihadist group that controls a swathe of Syria and Iraq, and the Houthis in Yemen, or pumping up the number of US…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on June 18, 2015 at 3:30am — No Comments
TransConflict is pleased to present a selection of articles published during May, plus updates from the Global Coalition for Conflict Transformation, available by visiting:…Continue
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Last weekend in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa, a devastating explosion by Arab coalition fighter jets killed 69 people and wounded 250, according to recent reports by Aljazeera. The United Nations estimates that …Continue
Added by Elvira Felix on May 27, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments
The world is talking about new broader and deeper goals to eliminate extreme poverty and decrease inequality. Middle income countries such as Brazil and India have increasing wealth and capacity to uplift the poor. Simultaneously, governments in conflict-ridden and war-torn states are struggling or simply unable to provide basic services for their people. What is the evolving role of international NGOs in the Brazils and Indias of the world? What is the role of international NGOs in areas…Continue
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By James M. Dorsey
A soccer pitch in the Iranian city of Ahvaz, home to Iran’s Arab minority, has emerged as a flashpoint of anti-government protest at a time of rising Arab-Iranian tensions over the status of Shiite Muslim minorities in the Arab world, the crisis in Yemen, and the outlines of a multilateral agreement that would curb Iran’s nuclear program and return the Islamic republic to the fold of the international community.
Soccer fans clashed with security forces last…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on April 6, 2015 at 7:20am — No Comments
By James M. Dorsey
The current Saudi-led intervention in Yemen designed to prevent Iranian-backed forces
from gaining power symbolises the Gulf’s new assertiveness. This is unfolding as the various
Gulf states seek to hedge their bets with different strategies that complement rather than
replace the regional US security umbrella.
Qatar this month signed a military agreement with Turkey which gives the two parties the
right to deploy…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on March 31, 2015 at 4:05am — No Comments
“If there the offensive develops to be a ground invasion, the Yemenis will prove that their country is the invaders’ graveyard,” (Sayyed Abdul-Malik Al-Houthi)
On Wednesday (25 Mar. 2015), Saudi Arabia announced a launch of a military operation against the Houthis, who currently control large parts of Yemen, including the capital Sanaa.…Continue
Added by Ari Rusila on March 29, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments
By James M. Dorsey
The United Arab Emirates has embarked on an all-out effort to broaden its regional influence and achieve global acceptance of its autocratic definition of terrorism that encompasses all non-violent, legitimate expressions of political Islam.
The effort competes head on with Qatar’s pro-Islamist approach to soft power. It involves participation in the US-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, an aggressive media strategy that included…Continue
Added by James M Dorsey on February 11, 2015 at 6:53am — No Comments
By Partners Blog Editor on January 30, 2015
Within the past few weeks our media feeds have been consumed with the chaotic political events taking place in Yemen. Concerned with the well being of our friends and colleagues at Partners Yemen, the Partners for Democratic Change International (PDCI) network has been…Continue
Saferworld is an international non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the actions of others.
We are looking for a Programme Development Manager who will support the Yemen team in the…Continue
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Saferworld is an independent non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and reduce violent conflict and promote cooperative approaches to security. We work with civil society, governments and international organisations to encourage and support effective policies and practices through advocacy, research and policy development, and through supporting the development of local capacities and structures.
In 2012 Saferworld began a four-year, multi-country programme…Continue
Added by Marie Aziz on April 29, 2014 at 4:59am — No Comments
By Osama Gharizi
Programs to strengthen the role of…Continue
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“On any given day, new people are born into varied circumstances all around the world. They may arrive into a poor family in Yemen or a wealthy one in Manhattan - through no intention of their own.”
Bay Area writer Michael Lewis’s recent Princeton commencement address has…Continue
Added by Caroline Anderson on June 26, 2012 at 10:27am — No Comments
Focus on Al Qaeda in Yemen Magnifies Chronic Instability
Apr 25, 2012
In a recent conversation, the White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and…Continue