Yemen

Yemen: Background to the Manufacture of a Proxy War

by Helen Lackner
This memo was presented part of a workshop organised by the LSE Middle East Centre looking at the Saudi–Iran rivalry in the region on 7 May 2018. 

Of the regional states affected by the Iran–Saudi rivalry, Yemen is the most remote; until recently it was also the least significant. While Saudi Arabia has been deeply involved in Yemen for decades, Iran remained marginal. In […]

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    Vying for Paradise? What Socotra Means for the UAE and Saudi Arabia

Vying for Paradise? What Socotra Means for the UAE and Saudi Arabia

by Eleonora Ardemagni

Once upon a time, people believed that Socotra was the garden of Eden. Beyond the legends, Yemen’s civil war has definitively changed the reality of this quiet island, protected by Unesco for its biodiversity. Although there are neither Houthis nor jihadists there, Socotra (with about 60,000 inhabitants) has been experiencing increasing geopolitical pressure and an unprecedented military […]

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    Breaking the Vicious Circle: Exploring Alternatives to Current Responses and Solutions to Internal Displacement in Yemen

Breaking the Vicious Circle: Exploring Alternatives to Current Responses and Solutions to Internal Displacement in Yemen

by Stean Auguste Tshiband

The 16th Task Force on Population Movements (TFPM, a working group supporting the inter-cluster coordination mechanism in producing regular analyses regarding displacement and needs) Report indicated that around three million people are still displaced or continue to suffer from displacement-related vulnerabilities as the result of the March 2015 escalation in Yemen. Among them, around 2 million […]

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    The Once Happy Land: Economic prospects for Yemen after the War

The Once Happy Land: Economic prospects for Yemen after the War

Yemen is a country with a lot of potential for growth and development. Once referred to as simply ‘The Happy Land’ (or Arabia Felix in Latin), Yemen was actually richer than its neighbours. But even many generations later, that society, which was largely self-reliant and self-sufficient, has not completely faded into history. In fact, the current failed state situation […]

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    Emiratis, Omanis, Saudis: the rising competition for Yemen’s Al Mahra

Emiratis, Omanis, Saudis: the rising competition for Yemen’s Al Mahra

by Eleonora Ardemagni

Al Mahra is one of the most remote regions of Yemen; it has so far not been reached by the civil war, nor has it been infiltrated by jihadi groups. However, regional powers, namely the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman, are attempting to enhance or maintain their leverage in this governorate, as has already happened in other […]

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