Two years after the last round of face-to-face talks collapsed, conflicting Yemeni parties may be ready to negotiate once more. However, a long-term solution to the conflict in Yemen requires international cooperation and support.
Testimony by Amb. (Ret’d) Gerald M. Feierstein, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for Gulf Affairs at the Middle East Institute to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee, March 9, 2017.
Shanta Devarajan, chief economist of the World Bank’s Middle East and North Africa Region, joins host Paul Salem to discuss economic challenges facing Egypt and crisis areas in the region, how the World Bank is adapting its approach to handle ongoing conflicts, and where there may be signs for optimism looking to the future for regional economies.
If President Donald Trump’s pick of James Mattis as defense secretary is an indication of the direction of foreign policy in the Middle East, then the U.S. stance towards Yemen will likely align more closely with the approach of Gulf states in pursuing a military victory over the Houthi-Saleh alliance in Sanaa.
In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts Ruba Husari, Charles Lister, and Charles Schmitz provide analysis on events including OPEC's upcoming meeting, Russia's bombardment of Aleppo, and the worsening humanitarian disaster in Yemen.
The United States may disagree with Riyadh over Yemen, but the heavy gravity of Saudi Arabia in U.S. policy causes a mix of contradictory stances that add up to the kind of failure evident in the recent visit to the region by Secretary of State John Kerry.