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

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: April 19
By Katherine Zimmerman, April 19, 2016

The prospects for a mediated settlement of the Yemeni conflict in the near term are fading as the al Houthi-Saleh faction refuses to attend scheduled UN-led talks.

Signaling Saudi Arabia: Iranian Support to Yemen’s al Houthis
By Katherine Zimmerman, April 15, 2016

Iranian activities in Yemen are not about Yemen. They are, rather, part of the regional struggle between Saudi Arabia and Iran that is now playing out on battlefields and in political and diplomatic arenas throughout the Middle East.

Update and Assessment: April 13, 2016
By The Editors , April 13, 2016

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

Update and Assessment: April 6, 2016
By The Editors , April 6, 2016

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

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 30
By Katherine Zimmerman, March 30, 2016

Recent major political developments, such as the al Houthi-Saudi prisoner exchange, increasingly indicate that there is an opening for political negotiations that may result in a nation-wide solution for Yemen. Local developments underscore the limited effect such a solution will have on stabilizing the country as empowered actors seek to secure their own objectives.

Update and Assessment: March 30, 2016
By The Editors , March 30, 2016

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

Update and Assessment: March 23, 2016
By The Editors , March 23, 2016

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

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 22
By Katherine Zimmerman, March 22, 2016

The announcement that there will be a ceasefire in Yemen as a step toward resuming political negotiations generated reactions on the ground as warring parties seek to cement gains in advance of talks.

2016 Yemen Crisis Situation Report: March 16
By James Towey, March 16, 2016

The offensive in Taiz city by forces backing Yemeni President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi against the al Houthi-Saleh forces may cause the al Houthis to recalculate their negotiating positions but is unlikely to collapse the al Houthi-Saleh alliance.

What the Russian 'withdrawal' from Syria really means
By Frederick W. Kagan, FoxNews.com, March 16, 2016

Putin's just-announced “withdrawal” serves political, military operational, diplomatic, and possibly strategic purposes, but its actual significance for operations in Syria is minimal. Its significance for the long-term correlation of forces in the Mediterranean, however, is dire.