Carnegie’s Farea al-Muslimi joined Elizabeth Dickinson to discuss the current situation in Yemen, and what it will take to end the conflict. Al-Muslimi talked about the political and security vacuum that is pushing more Yemeni youth toward radicalization and armed groups. A new social contract must be struck between people and the new governments in the Middle East to counter the rise of extremism, he said. Al-Muslimi argued that the war in Yemen is not essentially sectarian in nature, despite what many claim, and that a peaceful solution is still possible. However, the only way forward would be a comprehensive solution that addresses not only local grievances and but also regional rivalries, namely between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

This podcast was originally produced by Foreign Policy’s Global Thinkers podcast series.