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  • Short on Trust, Weapons and Planning, Government Surge in Taiz Fails

    Editor’s note: The author, a Yemeni analyst based in Taiz, is writing under a pseudonym for security reasons.  Introduction  Taiz has been a divided city since 2015, with Houthi forces (Ansar Allah) holding the northern suburbs of Yemen’s third-largest city as well as much of the northern part of the governorate. The Houthis control both… Read more...
  • Tribes and the State in Marib

    For most of Yemen’s modern history, the tribes of Marib have largely been perceived as hostile toward the state. This perception, however, has been turned on its head since the armed Houthi movement seized the capital Sana’a in 2014, after which the group set its eyes on neighboring Marib. In response, Marib’s tribes have emerged as the last line of defense against Houthi attempts to capture the strategic governorate from the internationally recognized government. Alongside the positive role the tribes… Read more...
  • The Seventh Yemen Exchange Concludes

    The Seventh Yemen Exchange concluded its two-week online program on May 3, 2021, bringing together over 50 participants from around the world who aim to gain unique access to information, perspectives, updates and analysis on Yemen.  The opening session hosted Sana’a Center Executive Director Maged al-Madhaji and Senior Researcher Abdulghani al-Iryani who gave a deep dive into… Read more...
  • Solar-Powered Irrigation in Yemen: Opportunities, Challenges and Policies

    This study examines the current trend of solar-powered irrigation system (SPIS) use in Sana’a Basin, identifying the pros and cons of this approach. It presents the perspectives of farmers and experts in terms of what is happening and what should be done to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative impacts of SPIS. This paper proposes governance and policy recommendations for overall water management and, in particular, for future studies and regulation of SPIS-driven groundwater use. Setting appropriate policies for… Read more...
  • The Saudi Blockade of Yemen Must be Lifted – But Not in Isolation

    Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen recently passed its six-year mark. The war has become an unwinnable quagmire from which Riyadh struggles to find a viable exit strategy, while it has had devastating humanitarian consequences for Yemen. This has led to a growing chorus of calls for the US to cease its support for Saudi Arabia’s… Read more...
  • Yemen’s Power-Sharing Cabinet: What’s At Stake?

    The new government was not formed in a stable country and of one party, or even from a coalition of harmonious parties. It was formed after long and difficult negotiations between warring sides that have thousands of fighters, brigades and heavy weapons and do not agree on principles, paths or goals. This process began in November 2019 with the signing of the Riyadh Agreement, the Saudi-backed deal to end the conflict in southern Yemen between the Yemeni government and the… Read more...
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