The dramatic turn of events in Yemen with “Operation Decisive Storm” is more than a battle against the Houthis. It is about the Saudi comeback in regional politics in the Middle East.
The fighting in Yemen has created a humanitarian crisis inside the country.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State has borrowed almost all of their methods of control from Saddam-era tactics.
The solution to Iraq’s woes must involve strong political leadership.
Saudi Arabia is using the war against the Houthis to consolidate Saudi influence and control over Yemen, including the Port of Aden.
Saudi Arabia is saying that Gulf security is the Arab region’s security and, from now on, Arab states should look to Riyadh for direction to deal with the region’s political and security challenges.
A Saudi-led aerial bombing campaign in Yemen comes after four years of a United Nations-backed political solution that ended up creating more violence than peace.
The self-proclaimed Islamic State uses media propaganda to compensate for military losses. The media must not become a platform for the group to promote its messages, as it seeks to assert power and influence.
Military victory may not be the goal of the airstrikes in Yemen. The Saudis could use them to gain greater leverage in power-sharing negotiations.
In order for peace to exist in Yemen, the ingredients of the political transition—its tools and its godfathers—should first admit that the path they have forced Yemen into has led to nothing but catastrophe.