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.
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.
Signs of the worsening crisis of the Yemeni economy have increased recently, warning that it is approaching the brink of total collapse. This may have enormous and tragic repercussions on the lives of the vast majority of Yemenis who have already been suffering from difficult living conditions for several years. This paper sheds light on the most prominent indications of the escalation of the current economic crisis in Yemen and explores its most important possible repercussions.
While no cases of coronavirus have been recorded yet in Yemen, it is only a matter of time before the virus reaches the country, at which point it is expected to spread widely and catastrophically. Such an epidemic is also expected to have political repercussions, with some parties, such as the United Nations, seeing it as an opportunity to bring an end to the conflict in the country.
This paper examines how coronavirus is expected to impact Yemen, in particular its effect on the political scene and the attempts by the international community to use it as an opportunity to put an end to the five-year-long conflict in the country.
From the initial crisis surrounding political transition, and through the ensuing war, the United Nations (UN) has played a variety of roles in Yemen, under its mandate from the international community.
The political role of traditional parties and groups in Yemen has diminished during the course of the ongoing conflict; some have splintered into separate groups and many have lost much of their structural and organizational capabilities.
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