The Houthi attack has been interpreted by the Saudis as an indication that Iran may make good on its promise to disrupt shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Saudi Arabia will try to capitalize on the threat of further disruptions to justify the continuation of its military campaign against the Houthis in Hodeida.
Regional conflict and internal chaos have allowed militant jihadi groups to rise and flourish in Yemen. In this policy paper, Elisabeth Kendall explains how two of the most prominent such groups, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State in Yemen (ISY), have evolved and adapted within the Yemen's turbulent political and military landscape.
In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts discuss Secretary Pompeo's speech on Iran, Erdogan's decision to lift Turkey's state of emergency, the cease-fire in Gaza, Iran's continued threat in Syria, Trump's tweets on Iran, and Vice President Dostum's return to Afghanistan.
In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts Randa Slim, Marvin G. Weinbaum, and Charles Lister provide analysis on recent and upcoming events including the ongoing protests in Iraq, the Sharifs' return to Pakistan and their subsequent imprisonment, and pro-Assad forces' westward push in Syria.
Though the present tensions between Qatar and its regional counterparts have not influenced energy production or exports in the region, should tensions ease, both sides of the crisis could benefit.
In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts Robert S. Ford, Gerald Feierstein, Marvin G. Weinbaum, and Bilal Y. Saab provide analysis on Iran's efforts to stay in Syria, Pompeo's upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi, the Pakistan Muslim League's struggle in the upcoming National Assembly elections, and Qatar's decision to renege on its Russian S-400 purchase.
In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts discuss the US's silence amid the Assad regime's expansion in Syria, the Iranian president's trip to Europe, the uptick in violence after Iraq's elections, and Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections.