Yemen: U.N. Announces 72-Hour Ceasefire

Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, the U.N. Special Envoy for Yemen, announced Monday that a ceasefire was set to go into effect after he received confirmation from all warring factions of their commitment. The 72-hour cessation of hostilities began at 11:59 p.m. local time on Wednesday night, with the possibility of further extension. Abdel-Malek al-Mekhlafi, foreign minister of Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi's internationally recognized government, posted on his official Twitter account tha...
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Yemen in Crisis: A New Middle East Proxy War?

On Sunday, September 21, Shiite Houthi rebels from the north of Yemen stormed the capital Sana’a, seizing government facilities and forcing a conciliatory ceasefire agreement from the Sunni central government led by President Abdu Rabbu Mansour Hadi. To understand this conflict, it is critical to know who the Houthis are. They are followers of a branch of Islam known as Zaidism. The Zaidis ruled northern Yemen for nearly 1,000 years, with their reign coming to an end in 1962. The name “Houthi” ...
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Will Syrian Ceasefire Be A Success?

Over the past nineteen months, the crisis in Syria has escalated dramatically, and the death toll in the region has now exceeded 35,000.[i] And so long as President Bashar Assad retains power, projections for the future of Syria remain bleak. Considering Syria’s dire situation, it seems bizarre that the Syrian government and armed rebel groups would attempt a ceasefire for the duration of the Eid al-Adha holiday. But according to UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, this is exactly what may hap...
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