• EPC | 30 Dec 2020

    Economic Challenges Facing New Yemeni Government

    The recently formed Yemeni government pursuant to the Riyadh Agreement is expected to face complex economic challenges that may paralyse its ability to fulfill the aspirations and hopes placed on it. The most important of those challenges are the significant decline in the Yemeni riyal exchange rate, and the difficulty of paying the salaries of public sector employees.

  • EPC | 16 Dec 2020

    UN, Houthis Agree on the Maintenance of “Safer” Oil Tanker: Significance and Expectations

    The United Nations (UN) and the Houthi Ansar Allah group in Yemen announced, in the last week of November 2020, that they have reached an agreement to conduct "urgent maintenance" and "comprehensive evaluation" of the Safer oil tanker, which is floating off the Port of Ras Isa in Hodeidah Governorate, in the west of the country.

  • EPC | 22 Nov 2020

    Biden Administration’s Tendencies Toward Conflict in Yemen: Extent of Continuity and Change

    After the initial announcement that the Democratic candidate Joe Biden has won the US presidential elections, a debate arose among observers and analysts about the contents of the approaches of the new administration in the White House towards the ongoing hot crises and conflicts in the Middle East, including the conflict that has been raging in Yemen for more than five years.

  • EPC | 29 Oct 2020

    Iran Appoints a New Ambassador in Sanaa: What Does this Mean?

    In an expected move, although its announcement sparked a lot of controversy, on 27 October 2020, Hassan Irloo, who was recently appointed by Tehran as its ambassador to Sanaa, the Yemeni capital that is under the control of the Houthi Ansar Allah (Supporters of God) group, handed over his credentials to the foreign minister of the so-called the Salvation Government of the Houthis that is not internationally recognised.

  • EPC | 06 Oct 2020

    Yemeni Government, Houthis Agree to Exchange Prisoners, Detainees: Is it a “Détente” on the Track of Settlement?

    In the last week of September 2020, the efforts of the Special Envoy of the United Nations (UN) to Yemen Martin Griffiths and his team managed to achieve an important breakthrough on the issue of the prisoners and detainees that had long stalled since the agreement concluded on it in the Sweden consultations at the end of 2018. The recent progress made on the issue of the prisoners, if effectively implemented, would give more impetus to Griffiths’ mediation in order to achieve a greater and more significant breakthrough on the path of his proposed peace plan in Yemen.

  • EPC | 26 Aug 2020

    The Safer Oil Tanker Crisis: Positions of the Actors and Prospects of International Efforts

    International pressure has increased on the two main conflict parties in Yemen to find a compromise solution to the crisis of the tanker FSO Safer which is used as a floating tank to export crude oil in Ras Isa port off the Yemeni coast on the Red Sea, in light of the successive warnings of the consequences of a potential environmental disaster that may be caused by the tanker, which is susceptible to explosion or the collapse of its structure due to corrosion as a result of the lack of any maintenance work on it since 2015.

  • EPC | 18 Aug 2020

    Griffiths’ Amended Peace Plan and Prospects of Political Solution in Yemen

    n the last few weeks, the UN special envoy to Yemen Martin Griffiths has intensified his efforts to revive the path of the political solution in this country and resume direct talks between the parties to the conflict. Those efforts had ceased since the Sweden round of consultations in late 2018. In this context, in the last two months (July and August 2020), Griffiths submitted to the two parties to the conflict two revised proposals for a peace plan that was drawn up by his team in March 2020. Griffiths had then promised to work on the plan in light of the observations he had received from the legitimate Yemeni government and the Houthi "Ansar Allah" group.

  • EPC | 09 Mar 2020

    United Nations' Efforts to Revive Prospects for Political Solution in Yemen

    The United Nation envoy's efforts to revive chances for a political solution to Yemen's longstanding crisis are overshadowed by major challenges and a recent uptick in military operations in Nehm, Al-Jawf and Marib. This paper sheds some light on the future of UN mediation in the war-ravaged country, especially UN envoy Martin Griffiths's pursuit of a new round of talks between the warring parties as well as active Western diplomatic moves to jump-start negotiations after the Riyadh agreement failed to deliver the intended outcome and the very slow implementation of the Stockholm Agreement.