Life In Riyadh

Ministerial changes seemed likely in the wake of the Khashoggi crisis, but some of the specifics came as a surprise. On December 27, Saudi Arabia announced new appointments in the name of King Salman that substantially alter the makeup of the Political and Security Affairs Council, the key decisionmaking body chaired by defense minister and… Keep reading →

Iraq Security Forces Conduct Operations in Lead-up to US Drawdown

Gen. Ali Mohsen could wind up as interim president despite his unpalatability to various parties, so Washington should prepare accordingly to avoid derailing peace talks. Washington’s recent push for Yemen talks is likely a product of pressure on several fronts: the rising sense of urgencyabout ending the destructive war; diplomatic troubles with Saudi Arabia; mounting congressional calls to halt military support for… Keep reading →

U.S. Officials Push For Yemen Talks

Iraq Security Forces Conduct Operations in Lead-up to US Drawdown

Washington’s abrupt change in tone could bolster the UN envoy’s efforts to end the fighting and convene negotiations sooner rather than later. On October 30, the U.S. government’s public position on Yemen appeared to shift as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary James Mattis called for the parties to cease hostilities and begin… Keep reading →

OPEC Ministers Attend Conference In Iran

Tehran is using the Houthis to test President Trump’s resolve, as mounting evidence shows that it is helping the rebels build long-range missiles capable of hitting Gulf capitals. On November 4, a Burkan-2H (Volcano) ballistic missile was launched toward Riyadh by Houthi forces in Yemen and intercepted by a U.S.-supplied Patriot defense system. Wreckage from… Keep reading →

Iraq Security Forces Conduct Operations in Lead-up to US Drawdown

Given the maritime and missile threats posed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, senior U.S. officials have indicated that the White House will continue expanding its assistance to the Saudi-led coalition. The Trump administration is eyeing Yemen as a critical theater in its stepped-up campaign to roll back Iranian influence in the Arab world. Washington is particularly… Keep reading →

Life In Riyadh

Washington should avoid the appearance of taking sides in the rivalry between the Saudi crown prince and his younger cousin, the deputy crown prince. A profusion of royal decrees on June 17 appears to have further marginalized Crown Prince Muhammad bin Nayef and confirms the political ascendancy of King Salman’s son Deputy Crown Prince Muhammad… Keep reading →


Clarifying the Central Bank’s authority, resuming the payment of public salaries nationwide, and addressing currency shortages could help the Hadi government avert a looming famine. Following a visit to Yemen earlier this month, the head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) declared that it was “a race against time” to avoid famine in… Keep reading →

Kuwait Promises To Increase Oil Production In Case  Of War

Recent statements out of Washington and Riyadh have inadvertently widened the differences between the two allies, hindering the incoming U.S. administration’s options for resolving the Yemen conflict. On December 13, U.S. officials announced that the sale of about 16,000 guided munition kits to Saudi Arabia would be blocked due to concerns that the kingdom’s poorly… Keep reading →

U.S. Forces Prepare To Withdraw From Iraq After 8-Year Presence

Along with Iran’s heightened anti-American rhetoric and local naval deployments, the recent Houthi missile attacks against U.S. vessels raise fears that Tehran’s clients may take the war into a new and more dangerous phase. As the Yemen war enters its twentieth month, the fighting has escalated beyond the country’s confines, with Iranian-backed Houthi rebels firing… Keep reading →

Iraq Security Forces Conduct Operations in Lead-up to US Drawdown

U.S.-led diplomatic efforts had aimed to make up for the recent lack of military progress and stave off a humanitarian crisis, but a deadly rebel attack could threaten the planned ceasefire. On December 14, a missile attack in Yemen killed or injured scores of personnel fighting the Iranian-backed alliance of Houthi rebels and forces supporting… Keep reading →

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