With a new UN envoy in place and the Saudis and the Iranians talking, there is some hope that stalled peace talks can move forward even as the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate.
The Saudi crown prince had a brace of wins on 7 October with the purchase of NUFC and the ditching of a UNHRC investigation into war crimes in Yemen.
A new report on organised crime around the world indicates Arab countries are amongst the world’s biggest offenders, with states in conflict or post-conflict at the bottom of the list.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, though seriously degraded by US drone strikes, remains a constant threat and one emboldened by the Taliban victory in Afghanistan.
Arab Digest · Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: down but not out
The new UN special envoy has a daunting task trying to end the war; a good start is to pressure to replace UNSC 2216.
On 5 September, Hans Grundberg, the new UN Special Envoy for Yemen will take up his post, after a two-month gap since his predecessor left to become UN Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs. So what is the state of affairs facing him? What are his prospects of success where his three predecessors failed?
In the midst of a terrible war, Yemen is stalked by another enemy, one that Yemenis know far too much about and the world far too little.
After a season of disputes that culminated with MBS and MBZ, the two most powerful leaders in the Arab world, refusing to take each others’ phone calls, all is well again and warm relations are resumed, at least for now.
An Omani peace initiative and Saudi eagerness to end the war may possibly start Yemen on the road to peace but Emirati ambitions and Houthi gains complicate further an already intensely complex crisis.