• 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.

  • 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.