As part of its campaign to help end the war in Yemen, Crisis Group will be publishing a weekly update providing up-to-the minute insight and analysis of the latest events in the country’s four-year-old civil war and the world’s biggest humanitarian crisis. This is the first such briefing note.
These updates will track recent political and military developments in Sanaa, Aden, Hodeida and other flashpoints inside Yemen, as well as regional and international developments.
For more than six months the primary focus for diplomats, policy makers and analysts working on Yemen has been the now-frozen offensive on the Red Sea port city of Hodeida. Then, in December, the Yemeni government and Huthi rebels who overthrew the government’s leader, President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, in January 2015, agreed to a deal, the so-called Stockholm Agreement, that prevented a battle for the port and city.
But even if the Stockholm Agreement can be made to stick, fighting is likely to continue in other frontline areas. Tensions also remain high among ostensibly allied pro-government Yemeni groups across the south and in Taiz city.