Yemen

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the U.S. military during an unannounced trip to Al Asad Airbase in Iraq on Dec. 26, 2018. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Best Weekend Reads

Including Trump’s surprising comments on Syria and Afghanistan and a game of musical chairs at the Pentagon.

Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), right, cares for Rahil’s son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), after 
Rahil is detained in Nadine Labaki’s Capernaum. (Fares Sokhon/Sony Pictures Classics)

Broke in Beirut

In Capernaum, Nadine Labaki finds a new way for film to deal with poverty.

Fireworks explode following an inauguration celebration for President-elect Donald Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on Jan. 19, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Scott Olson/Getty Images)

My Top 10 Foreign-Policy Wish List for 2019

Peace in Yemen, rapprochement with Russia, and other hopes and dreams for the year ahead.

Yemeni children from the Hodeidah province are seen through a hole in a damaged house where they have been living with other displaced families in the southwestern city of Taez on Sept. 30. (Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP/Getty Images)

The Year That Washington Finally Cared About Yemen

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on Yemen.

Turkish-backed Syrian fighters train in a camp in the Aleppo countryside, northern Syria, on Dec. 16. (Aref Tammawi/AFP/Getty Images)

10 Conflicts to Watch in 2019

As U.S. leadership fades, authoritarian leaders are competing to see how much they can get away with.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Future Investment Initiative conference in the Riyadh on Oct. 23. (Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images)

Reckless in Riyadh

Five Reads: The best Foreign Policy stories of 2018 on U.S.-Saudi relations and the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Armed Houthi separatists brandish their weapons as they gather in the capital Sanaa on Dec. 13.   (Photo credit: Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

Is Yemen’s Torment Finally Ending?

The latest cease-fire raises hopes, but officials fear war could break out again.

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Dec. 13. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Neither Side Gets the Khashoggi Debate Right

The tribalism infecting U.S. domestic politics has unfortunately crept deep into the foreign-policy discourse.

Pro-government fighters give food to Yemeni children on Jan. 26, 2017. 
(Saleh al-Obeidi/AFP/Getty Images)

U.N. Body Declares Famine Conditions in Parts of Yemen

World Food Program report expected to further erode support in Washington for Saudi bombings in Yemen.

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R) speaks to press after a closed-door briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Washington on Dec. 4. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White House Digs Itself in Deeper on Khashoggi

CIA briefing only hardens senators’ view that Mohammed bin Salman was behind the journalist’s killing.

The US military displays what it says is a Iranian Sayyad-2 surface-to-air missile, at Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in Washington on Nov. 29. (Thomas Watkins/AFP/Getty Images)

Facing Sharp Rebuke on Saudi Ties, U.S. Points to Growing Iran Threat

The administration unveiled new evidence that Iran is supplying weapons to militants across the Middle East.

Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) speaks to reporters following a closed-door briefing on Saudi Arabia at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 28. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Advances Resolution to End U.S. Support for Saudi-Led War in Yemen

At stake is which branch of the U.S. government is authorized to wage war.

Armed Yemeni tribesmen loyal to the Shiite Houthi rebels sit in the back of an armed vehicle during a gathering to mobilize more fighters into several battlefronts on the outskirts of the capital, Sanaa, on Nov. 1, 2016. (Mohammed Huwais/AFP/Getty Images)

The Other War in Yemen—for Control of the Country’s Internet

Opponents in the civil war use the web to block access, gather intelligence, and even mine cryptocurrency.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on Oct. 16. (Leah Millis/AFP/Getty Images)

Senate Summons Pompeo and Mattis Over Saudi Arabia

Lawmakers are pushing to overrule the Trump administration and end U.S. involvement in the devastating Yemeni civil war.

A woman displaced by fighting in Taiz sits outside her temporary home with her family on the outskirts of Aden, Yemen, on Oct. 15. (Will Swanson for Foreign Policy)

Women Want to Put Yemen Back Together Again

Men caused the world’s worst humanitarian disaster, but it’s become clear they can’t fix it.

A woman walks past a mural in Tehran on Nov. 6.(Fatemeh Bahrami/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Trump’s Magical Thinking on Iran Sanctions Won’t Advance U.S. Interests

Far from convincing Tehran to cooperate, new U.S. measures are on track to achieve the exact opposite.

A protester demonstrates against the war in Yemen and the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Embassy in London on Oct. 25. (Jack Taylor/Getty Images)

Trump’s One Step Back on Yemen Won’t Satisfy Critics

The U.S. will end refueling support for the Saudi-led coalition in the war.

A Yemeni child inspects the rubble of a house in Yemen's rebel-held capital Sanaa on August 11, 2016, after it was reportedly hit by a Saudi-led coalition air strike.

Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates Are Starving Yemenis to Death

The world was rightly outraged by the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, but the bombs of Mohammed bin Salman and his Emirati allies are killing dozens each day in Yemen.

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