• 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.

  • EPC | 04 Feb 2020

    European Diplomacy in Yemen: Motivations and Challenges

    In recent weeks, Europe has launched diplomatic efforts in an attempt to reinvigorate stalled peace talks in Yemen. A European delegation comprising the ambassadors to Yemen of the European Union, France, the Netherlands, and Sweden recently paid a visit to Aden and Sanaa, where they met with representatives from President Hadi’s internationally recognized government and a number of senior Houthi leaders. The British ambassador also met with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Advisor to the President, and the chair of the committee on follow-up to the implementation of the Riyadh Agreement.

  • EPC | 30 Aug 2018

    Fighting between al-Qaeda and ISIS in Yemen: A Repeat of the Syrian Model?

    The standoff between the affiliates of al-Qaeda and ISIS in the Yemeni governorate of al-Bayda remains tense following the outbreak of a confrontation in July 2018 that left some 38 dead and dozens injured on both sides.

  • EPC | 23 Jul 2018

    Political Settlement and Houthi Disarmament in Yemen

    In his final briefing to the UN Security Council in February 2018, former UN special envoy for Yemen, Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, said it was “evident at the end of consultations – in Kuwait in April–August 2016 – that the Houthis were not ready at this stage to give concessions on security or be part of a collective security plan.”

  • EPC | 15 May 2018

    A Matter of Momentum: Challenges facing the UN’s New Envoy to Yemen

    Peace negotiations in Yemen appear to have benefitted from the appointment in March 2018 of the British career diplomat, Martin Griffiths, to succeed Ismaïl Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Yemen.

  • EPC | 30 Apr 2018

    The Assassination of Saleh Al-Sammad: Consequences for the Yemen Conflict

    The Houthi leader Saleh Al-Sammad was killed on April 19, 2018, when the Arab Coalition targeted his convoy in the city of Al-Hudaydah. Al-Sammad was the president of both the political council of the Houthi movement and Yemen’s Supreme Political Council, with equivalent status to the president of the republic; therefore, what consequences will his assassination have on the Houthis and the trajectory of the Yemeni conflict as a whole? And will the appointment of Mahdi Al-Mashat serve as adequate compensation for his absence?