Crisis in Yemen: What is going on and how long will it last?

The conflict in Yemen has been going on for a relatively short amount of time when compared to other conflicts. About a month ago, an article from BBC News discussed how Houthi rebels confirmed their agreement to a seven point peace plan set up by the United Nations. The Houthis are members of a rebel group, also known as Ansar Allah (Partisans of God), who follow a branch of Shia Islam known as Zaidism. The peace plan includes the seven Muscat principles, which include a ceasefire, the removal of armed militias from the cities and the return of the government to the capital, Sanaa. Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are on side of government forces which has caused some difficulty in the process of attaining peace. Saudi airstrikes have injured many and have killed a lot of civilians. These airstrikes were potentially unlawful; it could amount to potentially being called war crimes. As we have learned in class, rule of law is important to follow. Apart from there being potentially being war crimes, people in general ask why there is fighting in Yemen. The answer points toward Houthis, backed by forces loyal to Yemen’s ex-president, taking over parts of Yemen, including Sanaa, and that forced the government into exile in March.

Yemen’s government is being accused of corruption. Instability and large-scale displacement, as well as weak governance, corruption, resource depletion and poor infrastructure, have slowed development in the poorest country in the Middle East. In class, we discussed factors that might lead to civil war in a country. Grievances that people have towards the government can become so extreme that it leads for people to go up against their government. Corruption over a long period of time can lead for anger and angst to grow among citizens of a country, especially if people are going through extremely tough economic time. Corruption, religious tensions and other factors have all played a role in the conflict in Yemen. It is critical to inform others about the conflict in Yemen because it is not as publicized as the conflict in Syria. An opinion article from the Guardian makes commentary on how it seems like the conflict has not been improved and how the United States has turned a blind eye to the war crimes being committed. As we discussed in class, foreign intervention could make an impact in how long a conflict lasts. There is no way of knowing when it will end but, one can only hope it ends as quick as possible. What are your thoughts on what is happening in Yemen? When do you think it will end?

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2 thoughts on “Crisis in Yemen: What is going on and how long will it last?

  1. The situation is a tricky one because this is a conflict where other countries have started to get involved and it is not a true civil war. The houthi rebels are backed by Iran, while the government is backed by UAE and Saudi Arabia. Due to the fact that other countries have gotten involved it is going to be harder for the war to come to an end. These countries want to gain the upper hand so that there influence can take over in that country. Even though it seems to be only the Houthi and government forces fighting against each other, it really is a lot deeper then that. That is the reason that this conflict will go on for longer then some people think.

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  2. Thank you for interesting post! Actually as you stated, this country has struggled for establishing the stability in the country. However, it failed because of mainly fragmentation of tribes and the religions. In fact, these elements are also applied to other Middle East Countries, but Yemen failed to make stable and centered government because of these reasons, which is the different point from Saudi Arabia because they at least succeeded in creating the centered and somehow stable government.

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