Analysis

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

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.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 28
By Alexis Knutsen, January 28, 2015

The al Houthi leadership is beginning to back down on some of its anti-government rhetoric, indicating the group may be open to negotiations. Southern governorates continue to agitate for secession.

al Houthi Areas of Influence
By Katherine Zimmerman, February 11, 2015

The al Houthi movement, an armed Zaydi Shi’a group that fought six wars with the Yemeni state between 2004 and 2010, expanded its influence in Yemen considerably in 2014.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 27
By Alexis Knutsen, January 27, 2015

The al Houthis remain in control of the capital Sana’a as anti-Houthi sentiments throughout the country grow. Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula continues its attacks on al Houthi and military targets.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 25
By Alexis Knutsen, January 25, 2015

Regional factions are beginning to mobilize and refuse to recognize the authority of the Yemeni central government.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: January 23
By Alexis Knutsen, January 23, 2015

The resignation of Yemen’s executive branch in response to al Houthi actions increases the risk of state fragmentation.

2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Report
By The Editors , January 23, 2015

An archive of the 2015 Yemen Crisis Situation Reports.

In Yemen, No Good Options Are Left: It is in Washington's Interest to Stop the Slow-Motion Collapse of an Ally

The Sana'a showdown is a sideshow to the slow-motion collapse of the entire Yemeni state. Cui bono? Al Qaeda. Who loses? The United States of America.

School Massacre a Sign of Taliban's Desperation but also Violent Capability
By Reza Jan, December 16, 2014

At least 141 people have been killed in a Pakistani Taliban attack on a school in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar. The attack clearly demonstrates that the Pakistani Taliban remains a deadly and potent threat, despite having been weakened by ongoing military operations and recent infighting.

Islamic State Threat Grows in South Asia at Pakistani Taliban's Expense
By Reza Jan, November 10, 2014

Several senior members of the premier al Qaeda-allied Pakistani Taliban umbrella group declared on October 10 that they were defecting and proclaiming allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) leader Abu Bakr al Baghdadi. The move was remarkable because it implied a renunciation of allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar.