EPC | 28 Sep 2021
The United Nations Special Envoy’s initial briefing to the Security Council does not usually reflect everything he/she has to offer. However, such interaction provides a glimpse of explicit or implicit ideas and perceptions that usually form the basis of a new approach. This paper analyses the first briefing of the UN Special Envoy for Yemen, Hans Grundberg, to the Security Council on September 10, 2021.
EPC | 19 Jun 2021
On 11 June 2021, the Omani Royal Office delegation left Sanaa after a visit, the first in years, that lasted for a week, during which it held intensive talks with the leader of the Houthi group, the head of its political council, and other Houthi political and military officials. While the results of the visit have yet to be announced, it did hold some indications of possible progress in diplomatic efforts to stop the war in Yemen.
EPC | 13 Mar 2021
On January 19, 2021, the administration of US President Donald Trump designated the Houthi group as a foreign terrorist organization. One month later, the Administration of President Joe Biden announced that it has officially revoked this designation as of February 16, 2021. However, Washington kept sanctions on three of the Houthi leaders. This paper reviews contexts of the American move, discusses messages intended to all parties involved in the Yemeni conflict, and analyzes the outcomes and reverberations of this move in the Yemeni landscape.
EPC | 28 Jan 2021
Only nine days before the end of the administration of US President Donald Trump, his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that the Ansar Allah (Supporters of God) Houthi group in Yemen has been designated a "foreign terrorist organization" (FTO). While the Democratic President Joe Biden's administration has confirmed that it would directly review this decision, announcing in the last week of January 2021 that it would suspend "temporarily", and for a period of one month, some sanctions imposed on the group, the inclusion of the Houthis in the list of terrorism, and not removing them from it soon, would cast a shadow over the stalled political solution course in Yemen.
EPC | 30 Dec 2020
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
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
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
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.