We need to support peace in Yemen, but we cannot call for an abrupt end to the war without the restoration of good governance and government institutions. The Senate’s decision has more to do with congressional oversight over war-making than with Yemen specifically.
Pressuring Saudi Arabia has no political cost for Congress because the kingdom has no political constituency inside the United States.
The Khashoggi operation was a complete disaster carried out by senior elements in the Saudi government and when it went wrong there was an internal cover-up. That led the government to make statements that it quickly regretted. Now, the government has admitted what has...
For a long time, Americans defined Yemen in terms of counter-terrorism. Now there is a shift to defining it as a failed state and humanitarian catastrophe. When I returned to Yemen in the early 1990s I found kindness and respect. I made friends from the north and the...
The US has expressed concern over the United Nations’ human rights report and wants to send a strong message to the Arab Coalition that it does not want to create an “atmosphere of impunity” in Yemen that will complicate any effort to reach a comprehensive peace...
The Saudi monarchy was always Osama bin Laden’s primary target. He believed that if he hit the United States, Washington would sever its ties with Riyadh and the Saudi monarchy would collapse. In fact, the opposite happened; the security relationship between Saudi Arabia...
Conservatives have long used the driving issue as a way to prevent women from becoming fully integrated into society. And for fifty years, successive Saudi governments avoided lifting the ban for fear of inflaming conservative opinion. Therefore, the crown prince took a...