Yemen: Understanding the Conflict behind the Humanitarian Crisis


Yemen’s ongoing conflict began in 2014 when Houthi rebels stormed the country’s capital, Sana’a, which led Saudi Arabia to form a coalition in an attempt restore the internationally-recognized government. Further complicating the situation, the conflict has become another battleground in the regional Saudi-Iran power struggle. As the world’s ‘worst humanitarian crisis’ festers, the local dynamics of the conflict remain overshadowed.

Dr. Elie Abouaoun and Sarhang Hamasaeed, from the United States Institute of Peace, analyze the multi-layered nature of the conflict, Yemen’s dire humanitarian situation and the prospects for peace in this Q&A.

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