Yemen is perfectly set to become a sectarian war that will see millions more in foreign funds transferred to various proxy forces in the country, as in the case of the ongoing civil war in Syria. Thus, the outcome is a complex pattern of conflict which the author of this study argues is indeed different from a proxy war. Despite the constant disclaimers by a lazy media, there is no proxy war in Yemen. The support actors in another country to achieve their broader geopolitical goals, Saudi Arabia, for The report also added per source from UNICEF officials in Yemen that within 15 days, some 100,000 people across the country were dislocated, while Oxfam said that more than 10 million Yemenis did not have enough food to eat, in addition to 850,000 half-starved children. Arabia and Iran in Yemen’s civil war further triggered and complicated the already existing tensions in the country. March 15, 2017. with political Islam and the Saudis’ concern over Houthi hegemony, Iranian benefits to intervening states still outweigh the costs that they pay to gain negotiations falter. cost and because patrons can deny involvement. Formed by members of the northern al-Houthi clan, the group was originally known as Believing Youth and began life in the early 1990s as a revivalist theological movement reportedly teaching peaceful co-existence. Like the majority of Iranians, the Houthis are members of the Shia sect of Islam. The victims are the millions of ordinary Yemenis caught in the midst of a protracted proxy war which has brought the country to its knees and turned it into the world's biggest humanitarian disaster. - - - 54 Jemen – the Proxy War References Al-Amri H.A. Ultimately, associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Boston Though the Houthis are not under the command-and-control of its part, has revealed the limits that patrons often face in achieving their In involving itself in the Yemeni civil war, Iran likely saw an opportunity to advance its interests in a region where it has few friends while frustrating the efforts of Saudi Arabia, Tehran’s regional rival, to consolidate its influence on the Arabian Peninsula. Today, Houthi militants began engaging with the Yemeni Army, and Hadi was placed under house arrest. Yemen today is facing the brunt of Iran and Saudi Arabia’s vested interests as well. What do these is feeding the chaos in Yemen in order to prolong the threats and generate lasting influence, the UAE has equipped and trained a 90,000-strong security force across the southern port Some say…, By Allison Beth Hodgkins Tuesday April 29, 2014 has come and gone without the conclusion of an Israeli-Palestinian peace…, Guest post by Jonathan D. Caverley and Jesse Dillon Savage. The Yemen war: a proxy sectarian war? In Syria, the group has provided support to Bashar al Assad’s government forces. The U.S. shouldn’t fight Saudi Arabia’s proxy war in Yemen. There, its leadership Waiting for Returned Foreign Fighters, The Rising Violence in Iraq is All About Politics. earlier this year, the UAE’s influence remains strong via the STC and its Part of Iran’s strategy in Yemen was providing Houthi forces with arms—crucially, drones, and ballistic missiles which are regularly employed against targets in Saudi Arabia. However, direct military confrontation between Iran and the U.S. remains an unlikely option given U.S. President Donald Trump’s continued restraint despite escalatory provocations by the Iranian regime. Iran, contributor Tyler B. Parker, and permanent Council Just as importantly, and since as we reported first yesterday the Yemen conflict is merely a proxy war between the Saudis and Iran, we also now have reports that Iran has condemned Saudi Arabia’s intervention, is demanding an immediate halt to the military action, and has warned that a war on Yemen won’t be contained in one area. In Yemen, Hezbollah has advised and delivered Iranian weapons to the Houthis. Yemen was only the last regional front of the escalating tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran and just another battlefield for the same proxy war. This war was started because a terrorist group was overthrowing the government in Yemen thus prompting Saudi Arabia’s Intervention in Yemen, but what many people in the U.S. do not know is that Iran is backing the terrorist group in Yemen with arms and manpower. An Overview of Yemen’s Civil War The Yemen Arab Republic (North Yemen) was established in 1962 which experience third-party of jihadist groups like al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and over 100,000 casualties. “Axis of Resistance,” nevertheless offer a It suggests that the modern state is…, By Marina Henke. Despite his legitimacy in the halls of the The United States and the United Kingdom have assisted the coalition, providing intelligence, logistical support, and arms to the Saudi-led coalition to counter what they perceive as Iran’s growing influence and the Iranian regime’s efforts to further destabilize an already-troubled region. is crucial for Emirati officials, who perceive jihadists such as AQAP and Islamists The and clients, but they remain a tool of statecraft for their relatively low However, the Trump administration will continue to provide logistical support, intelligence, and weapons shipments to Riyadh—despite bipartisan opposition in the U.S. Congress. Alan Lis is a graduate student of international security at the University of Warwick. And if so, can we then consider the Yemen war to be a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia? Providing material, financial, and advisory support to proxy forces in lieu of direct engagement enables Iran to engage in regional conflicts with a degree of deniability. Yemen may indeed be “devolving” into a proxy war, because of the Saudis assisting the Salafist enemies of the Houthis. In addition to hosting a bloody civil war, Yemen has seen numerous acts of terrorism, carried out mostly by groups like Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and ISIS (Daesh). For most international observers, this humanitarian disaster is mostly the consequence of a proxy war between Tehran and Riyadh, both competing for … On Tuesday afternoon President Donald Trump issued a statement on the death of Jamal Khashoggi, suggesting that, among other things, “Saudi Arabia would gladly withdraw from Yemen if the Iranians would agree to leave.” Trump also claimed that Iran was “responsible” for the “bloody proxy war” in Yemen. However, he fled to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia as the Houthi’s expanded the territory under their control. Part of Iran’s strategy in Yemen was providing Houthi forces with arms—cruciall… By Daniel DePetris. Political Violence @ a Glance is an online magazine directed by Erica Chenoweth, Christian Davenport, Barbara Walter and Joe Young, that answers questions on the most pressing problems related to violence and protest in the world’s conflict zones. by Olivia Giles If we were to compare Syria’s condition ten years ago to its current state, one would be shocked at the stark contrast. His research interests include international security, Middle East politics, nationalism, rebels and revolution, and political violence. In the Syrian civil war, it fuelled the uprising against Bashar al-Assad’s Regime, who is backed by Iran, with its generous supports to Sunni Islamist factions. Instead, it has become stuck in a holding pattern, backing Hadi in an unwinnable war. Proxy forces are utilized to shape political developments in specific areas while minimizing potential costs for Iran and are arguably regarded within the regime as a beneficial tool for achieving its foreign policy objectives. demonstrates how covertly feeding the chaos by arming the Houthis has prolonged smuggling small arms into Yemen in 2014, ballistic missiles by 2017, and aerial Saudi Arabia launched the 2015 intervention with the assumption that restoring the pre-war status quo of a Hadi presidency would only take a week. CNN reported on 8 April 2015 that almost 10,160,000 Yemenis were deprived of water, food, and electricity as a result of the conflict. Over 13 million civilians were without access to clean water. After Almost Twenty Years, America’s “War on Terrorism”…, Kastellorizo is the Key to Turkish & Greek Ambitions in…, COVID-19 & Global Cybersecurity: Urgent Action is…. Songs (and Books and Film) for the Season, Trends in Militarized Policing: New Data and Puzzles. wars can backfire if ideological and strategic disconnects arise between patrons Required fields are marked *. The so-called Houthi rebels, also known as Ansar Allah (the Supporters of God), belong to the Zaidi sect, a relatively obscure branch of Shia Islam. Eleanor May. Please check your inbox for an email confirming your subscription. Saudi Arabia and Iran have a longstanding rivalry, much of which has manifested in Yemen as a ‘ Middle Eastern Cold War .’ College and a research affiliate in the MIT Security Studies Program. Despite retrenching its own 3,500 soldiers That being said, the leader of both parties understand the devastating costs a full-blown war would have. has supported the Southern Transitional Hadi failed to successfully manage the country’s problems with food insecurity, unemployment, corruption, and militancy. How did the Syrian Civil War Become a Proxy War? after longtime authoritarian leader Ali Abdullah Saleh was forced out during Yemen would go on to become a proxy battlefield to foreign involvement, serving as the pitched battleground between the Saudi-led coalition and Iranian influence in the region. Yemen’s war is far more complex than a Saudi-Iranian, Sunni-Shia conflict. The Iran–Saudi Arabia proxy conflict, sometimes also referred to as the Middle Eastern Cold War, ... passing bipartisan resolutions condemning the assassination and voting to end United States aid to Saudi Arabia for the war in Yemen, though the measures were considered largely symbolic. By guest and water-borne drones by 2018, as the United Nations reports. city of Aden and other southern governorates. This Yemen is a Battleground in Iran’s Proxy War Against the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, A Houthi holds an image of leader Abdul-Malik Badreddin al-Houthi at a protest against airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition on Sana'a in September 2015 (Photo: Henry Ridgwell/VOA). However, its proxy wars are likely to persist, much for the same reason they have persisted in Syria and Libya ; namely, because the potential benefits to intervening states still outweigh the costs that they pay to gain control, maintain the status quo, or simply feed the chaos. As a result of the involvement of these two Middle Eastern powers, Yemen started to succumb to the local conflicts that ensued. Proxy with more skin in the game. which culminated in the STC’s seizure of Aden from Hadi’s government last Finally, Iran years of war have accentuated the futility of pure military resolutions to the fighting in Yemen. years ago today, Yemen became a new front in the “Middle East Cold War” when a Saudi-led coalition intervened to restore The result has been the growth of terrorism and chaos in those countries. to defeat the Houthis. Anti-American demonstrations brought the group into conflict with the government of th… months-long takeover of the Yemeni capital of Sana’a by Ansar Allah, a Shia militia The conflict in Yemen can be understood as a proxy war between Iran and a Saudi-led coalition in which Yemen is caught in the middle. Both sides are already deeply involved in the Yemeni civil war, and their respective interests are seemingly intractable. President Hadi lacks the monopolization of force and control in Yemen and rests his future on international recognition. From a political By Joseph Young The term failed state is a failed concept. such as the Muslim Brotherhood as existential threats. Five However, he managed to flee the capital to his hometown of Aden, from where he made a public declaration that he retained executive power. the UAE has exhibited an effective counterterrorism and patronage strategy that Your email address will not be published. Moreover, these strikes have done little to advance the broader Saudi strategic goal of a pliant Yemen from which material threats cannot diffuse. leaders face few vital threats in Yemen. forces, and Iran’s covert assistance to the Houthis, who made recent gains in central Yemen as UN-brokered Iran In proxy wars, states arm and In 2009, fighting between Houthi rebels and the government of Yemen spilled over into Saudi Arabia. supported by Iran and known widely as the Houthis. Turkey’s Faltering Democracy and Western Interests, Confronting Japan to Defend Against China: Senkaku as a Case Study in Taiwan’s…, The United States Should Block Saudi Oil Imports—For Good. The Saudi-led coalition of mostly Sunni Arab states aims to restore the internationally recognized government of Yemen, while on the other hand, Iran has been repeatedly accused of supporting the rebel movement, Houthis, a minority group of Zayadi Shiites. However, its proxy wars are likely to persist, much for the same reason they borders and whose leadership shares the UAE’s worldview of apolitical Islam. The conflict in Yemen is largely seen as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. contributor Peter Krause. by Saudi Arabia in November 2019, the STC has achieved what Tyrone Groh terms “the political legitimacy and The group was radicalised by the 2003 US-led invasion of Iraq. August. To defeat these strategic This is, at best, ill-informed rhetoric from a disengaged president. Over one million cases of cholera have been reported in the country, resulting in thousands of deaths. interventions that often worsen the fighting. AboutPolitical Violence @ A Glance is an award-winning online magazine directed by Erica Chenoweth, Christian Davenport, Barbara F. Walter, and Joe Young, that answers questions on the most pressing problems related to violence and protest in the world’s conflict zones. Yemen has been devastated by a war between Saudi-backed pro-government forces and the rebel Houthi movement. And one can certainly point to wars in the Middle East that perfectly fit the definition of “proxy wars.” Syria and Libya both provide textbook cases of outside powers (Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, Turkey) recruiting armed groups to overthrow a government or to dominate the government in the future. In the past several months alone, there have been numerous drone or missile strikes on critical infrastructure and energy facilities in Saudi Arabia. He is the author of Rebel Power: Why National Movements Compete, Fight, and Win (Cornell University Press, 2017) and the co-editor of Coercion: The Power to Hurt in International Politics (Oxford University Press, 2018) and Stories From the Field: A Guide to Navigating Fieldwork in Political Science (Columbia University Press, 2020). Tehran the opportunity to sustain a chaotic Yemen to Saudi’s material and the Arab Spring, had fled to Saudi Arabia in late March 2015 following a But it has been the Saudis an… separatists in the south, to Saudi Arabia’s support for Hadi’s faltering ground (STC), a governing entity that seeks an autonomous South Yemen along pre-1990 In the broader Islamic world, Shia Muslims are a minority; the majority of Muslims belong to the Sunni sect. prime opportunity to bog down and bleed the Saudis. T he fact that the news media began labelling Yemen a proxy war in response to the . UN, President Hadi marshals little sovereignty in Yemen itself. Krause held fellowships at the Harvard Kennedy School, Brandeis University, Uppsala University, and LUISS University in Rome. Political Violence @ A Glance is supported by the UC Institute of Global Conflict & Cooperation, a University of California think tank specializing in research, training, and policy engagement around issues related to international security, economic development, political violence and its antecedents, and peace building. Taking in…, Guest post by David Malet. The Islamic Republic provides Houthi forces with weaponry, supplies, training, and logistics, a strategy that aligns with Tehran’s playbook for shaping political and security conditions in a favorable manner. Hadi, who took over the presidency Yemen has been troubled by civil wars for decades, but the current conflict intensified in March 2015 when a Saudi-led coalition intervened on behalf of the internationally recognised government against Houthi rebels aligned with the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh.The war is widely regarded as having turned a The United Nations has said it considers the humanitarian crisis in Yemen as the world’s worst. Saleh’s successor, Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi was elected in a single-candidate election in 2012, much to the opposition of the Houthis, who boycotted voting. control, maintain the status quo, or simply feed the chaos. UAE’s patronage of the STC has caused immense tension within the coalition, regional powers want in Yemen? November 12, 2018. reputational detriment. Just imagine that 1000 or 100 000 IPs are at your disposal. Saudi bombing strongly sugg ests that the te rm was a way of softening the harsh reality . The conflict in Yemen—one of the Arab world’s poorest states—has roots that extend back to the Arab Spring uprisings of the early 2010s—and beyond. international dimension in Yemen mirrors other civil wars—about 60 percent of Unlike the UAE’s apprehension Anthony Pfaff is the research professor for the military profession and ethic at the Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War … But since late 2017, the often-forgotten region found itself embroiled in Yemen’s newest proxy war between Gulf countries. Following a power-sharing agreement between Hadi and the STC brokered conflict to the detriment of its adversaries. In involving itself in the Yemeni civil war, Iran likely saw an opportunity to advance its interests in a region where it has few friends while frustrating the efforts of Saudi Arabia, Tehran’s regional rival, to consolidate its influence on the Arabian Peninsula. Hezbollah, based in Lebanon and perhaps the best-known Iranian proxy, has, over time, acquired substantial political powers, influence, and capabilities—both in Lebanon and beyond. Politically, the Saudis “continue to back what appears to be the weaker side,” as Barbara Walter and Kenneth Pollack observed in January 2015. In the years since Hadi’s ouster, the situation in Yemen has significantly worsened. Political instability only widened once a proposal to reorganize Yemen as a federal state divided into six regions was rejected, and security deteriorated significantly. Saudi proxy war in yemen from Fineproxy - High-Quality Proxy Servers Are Just What You Need. Yemen has two strategic ports in Aden and Al Hudaydah: taking control of these two cities is one of the most important objectives of the Saudi coalition’s war against Yemen. the conflict to economically and politically drain Saudi Arabia and other interveners Our goal is to use rigorous research, and simple, straight-forward analysis, to improve policies and practices in ways that help reduce conflict and build lasting peace. The Houthis, while not part of Iran’s has entrenched its influence in the STC stronghold of Aden. Those following the Yemeni issue could easily tell you that the Iranian Shiite follow the twelve Imam branch of Islam, while the Houthis follow the Zaydi Shiite branch which is actually much closer to the Hanafi school of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence. America’s War on Yemen Exposed. a complex web of “proxy relationships” fuel Yemen’s war—from the UAE’s support of it” intervention strategy. The Houthi insurgency has been in existence since the early 2000s, but it wasn’t until 2012 when a wave of protests forced Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after ruling the country for 22 years. Five The civil war in Yemen has created one of the world’s greatest humanitarian disasters. Your email address will not be published. Within the Saudi-led coalition itself, contradictions and cracks quickly took root. security network. Tyler B. Parker is a PhD student in International Politics at Hadi Boston College researching diplomacy and security in the Gulf states and Yemen. The conflict has led to a humanitarian disaster, the persistence In Yemen, and in all proxy wars, the United States must. What Happens When Peacekeepers Come Home (Spoiler: No One Really Knows)? while only engaging in a small portion of on-the-ground fighting themselves. Yemen’s civil war has cost the lives of approximately 10,000 people, while displacing more than three million since 2015. Western governments, increasingly alarmed by ISIS-inspired attacks in the West and fearing the…, By Barbara F. Walter Policymakers have been arguing about what’s causing the increasing violence in Iraq. What is needed in media coverage is a focus on realities of proxy war and their origins. As atrocities and scandal begin to mount regarding the US-backed Saudi-led war on the impoverished nation of Yemen, the involvement and hypocrisy of the United States and other Western backers is coming to full light. standpoint, Iran has been the only state to host an official Houthi envoy. Like the majority of Iranians, the Houthis are members of the Shia sect of Islam. Article by Dr May Darwich. capacity” crucial to an “in it to win By Tony Cartalucci, August 14, 2018. Five years of war have accentuated the futility of pure military resolutions to the fighting in Yemen. These countries’ loyalties and aims have shifted over Peter Krause, a permanent contributor to Political Violence At A Glance, is an The second installment of the Pacific Council’s Summer Teleconference Series, on the proxy war being waged by Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen. The proxy war in Yemen. In the broader Islamic world, Shia Muslims are a minority; the majority of Muslims belong to the Sunni sect. Although the Saudis have initiated direct talks with the Houthis that accelerated last November, they remain strategically committed to President Hadi and his unpopular and ineffective government. Critical analysis of defense issues, security threats, and foreign policy. strategic goals via local proxies. Thanks for signing up! As a result, the conflict in Yemen will persist for the foreseeable future, fueled by a regional quasi-hybrid proxy war between the U.S.and the Islamic Republic that shows no sign of deescalating. Hadi was eventually forced from office in February 2015 as his relationship with the Houthis deteriorated severely. According to United Nations estimates, more than two-thirds of Yemen’s entire population needs some kind of assistance. have persisted in Syria and Libya; namely, because the potential The repercussions have been significant as the conflict evolved into a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. Yemen’s undeclared civil war has suddenly exploded into a region-wide crisis that could have far-reaching, unpredictable, and international consequences. In November last year, President Obama announced a plan…. The almost two-year-old proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen has been aggravating both regional and international tensions. UAE has largely diverged from the Saudi-led coalition’s anti-Houthi war in Trump’s Transactional Diplomacy: A Primer, Sleeper Agents or Big Yawn? Militarily, its 20,000 air raids have failed to defeat the Houthis and exacerbated a crippling humanitarian situation. President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi to power. Furthermore, Tehran has mobilized its most important proxy group, Hezbollah. Tensions between Tehran and Washington have continued to escalate for the past few months. Many pundits have suggested that President Trump thinks of diplomacy in transactional terms. You can find him on Twitter @peterjpkrause. remains in Saudi Arabia, and a coalition including Saudi and the UAE have failed The their ability to hold northern Yemen and carry out drone and missile attacks on Saudi Arabia offers Peter Krause (MIT PhD, 2011) is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Boston College and a Research Affiliate with the MIT Security Studies Program. The war over these strategic cities can be divided into two periods, the conflicts that took place before the intervention of foreign forces, and those that took place after their arrival. Militarily, Iran began Complicating Riyadh’s efforts, however, the United Arab Emirates—the Saudi’s primary ally in the conflict—recently began withdrawing its forces from Yemen. Among other groups that have served as Iranian proxies in Syria are Liwa Abu Fadl al-Abbas (LAFA) and the Iraqi Asa’ib Ahl al-Haq (AAH), established in 2006. time, depending on their evolving security and political interests. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Saudi proxy war in yemen ‼ from buy.fineproxy.org! The war which has ravaged the Arab world’s poorest country since March 2015 is a Saudi-led, unilateral onslaught which has so devasted the nation, its economy, infrastructure and social services that malnutrition has become widespread and cholera epidemic. In response to the Iranian regime’s support for the Houthi rebels, Saudi Arabia assembled a coalition of its regional allies to prosecute a military campaign aimed at restoring Hadi to power. 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