Biden’s Likely Defense Secretary Pick Flournoy Faces Progressive Pushback
From concerns about ties to defense contractors to worries about forever wars, at least one of the president-elect’s potential nominees is raising hackles.
U.N. Pulling Americans From Northern Yemen Ahead of Houthi Terrorist Designation
The Trump administration’s parting gift to Saudi Arabia has made it necessary to evacuate at-risk aid workers from the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.
Trump Administration Plans to Designate Yemen’s Houthis as Terrorists
The move, opposed by the humanitarian community, is part of the administration’s pressure campaign on Iran—and could hamstring Biden.
Trump’s Parting Gift to Biden: A More Stable Middle East
He was successful because only an iconoclastic president could have rejected false assumptions and failed strategies.
A U.N. Agency Lauded for Its Work Faces a Funding Shortage
The World Food Program will need more than a Nobel Prize to feed the millions who are newly food-insecure.
Congress Pressures Trump Administration to Restore Aid to Yemen
Lawmakers warn the administration’s aid cuts will exacerbate the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, even as State Department officials worry about being on the hook for war crimes.
Humanitarian Groups Demand Trump Reverse Yemen Aid Freeze
Aid groups operating in Houthi-controlled areas are unable to deliver lifesaving support.
State Department Pushes Back on Claims that Officials Lied to Congress over Emergency Arms Deals
A top State Department official insists Pompeo rightly invoked an emergency to send billions of dollars in weapons to the Gulf last year.
Pompeo’s Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Were Legal—but Heightened Risks of Civilian Casualties in Yemen
A State Department watchdog report concludes that Pompeo followed proper channels in sending arms to Saudi Arabia but faults the State Department for not assessing the humanitarian risks of such a move.
Give Up on Proxy Wars in the Middle East
The United States has the opportunity to reshape its alliances and bolster lasting stability in the region—but only by ending a failed approach.
Yemen: The Perfect Target for COVID-19
A new report says the Middle East’s poorest country is uniquely vulnerable, as it records its first case of the coronavirus.
The Coronavirus Pandemic Could Be the Key to Peace in Yemen
After years of failed attempts at talks and cease-fires, COVID-19 may be enough to push the Saudis, Houthis, and Yemeni government to the negotiating table.
The Next Wave
U.N. and relief agencies warn the coronavirus pandemic could leave an even bigger path of destruction in the world’s most vulnerable and conflict-riven countries.