Analysis

Please find below the most recent in-depth analysis pieces from CriticalThreats.org.

Why America's Yemen policy is failing
By Katherine Zimmerman, CNN Opinion, February 13, 2015

There is no easy strategy for success in Yemen. But one thing is certain: A partnership with the Houthis— who prefer to run the country as puppet masters from the wings, infiltrating rather than controlling the Yemeni military and governmental institutions—is not the answer.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 13
By Alexis Knutsen, February 13, 2015

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) carried out a successful attack against one of the largest military installations in southern Yemen and reportedly stole weapons and materiel before turning control over to local tribesmen. The Yemeni military does not currently have control of the base.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 11
By Alexis Knutsen, February 11, 2015

The U.S. closed its embassy in Sana’a and relocated American embassy staff out of Yemen due to security concerns over the threat from al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and growing civil unrest. Southern and east-central regional factions continue to take steps toward complete autonomy from Yemen’s central government as large anti-al Houthi demonstrations occur in Yemen’s central region.

Update and Assessment: February 10, 2015
By The Editors , February 10, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 9
By Alexis Knutsen, February 9, 2015

Efforts to renew negotiations between Yemen’s political actors are likely to fail, and the al Houthis are pressing forward with their plan to form a new government. Continued opposition to the al Houthis will continue to destabilize Yemen, creating space for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) to expand.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 6
By Alexis Knutsen, February 6, 2015

Weeks of negotiations to resolve Yemen’s political crisis end with the al Houthis, whose actions led to the resignation of the Yemeni executive branch, announcing the formation of an interim governing body. The al Houthis’ Revolutionary Committee will oversee the new body and has dissolved Yemen’s parliament. Few outside of the signatories to the al Houthi deal are likely to accept the new central government.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 4
By Alexis Knutsen, February 4, 2015

Negotiations to reach a political settlement in Sana’a collapsed when Yemen’s main political parties withdrew from talks, indicating that they would also reject any initiative from the al Houthis. It is not clear whether there is a resolution to the political crisis that all factions would accept.

Update and Assessment: February 3, 2015
By The Editors , February 3, 2015

The Critical Threats Project releases a weekly update and assessment on Iran and the al Qaeda network.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: February 1
By Alexis Knutsen, February 1, 2015

The al Houthis issue deadline for Yemen’s political parties to find a solution to the current political crisis. The al Houthis will probably establish a presidential council in the coming week should negotiations fail.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 30
By Alexis Knutsen, January 30, 2015

The al Houthis are hosting a large tribal and political gathering in Sana’a, Yemen’s capital, to discuss the political crisis. Meanwhile, Ma’rib tribes are mobilizing ahead of an expected al Houthi push for control of the oil and gas facilities there.