Wednesday, November 24, 2021
This follows a new wave of Huthi attacks on Saudi territory on November 20, and also coincides with an upsurge in fighting on the Marib, Ta'izz and Hodeida fronts. The escalation presents a challenge for new UN Special Envoy Hans Grundberg, who has launched a fresh push for peace.
- A continued stalemate will perpetuate economic deprivation and exposure to violence for most of the population.
- Military factions’ efforts to control humanitarian aid will further alienate funders and worsen suffering.
- Consultation with forces such as tribes and professional associations may help to make talks address deeper challenges facing civilians.
- Inclusion of ‘civil society’, defined as a discrete entity, risks creating distorted incentives and fake organisations.
- Saudi Arabia will increase pressure on southern separatist leader Aidrous al-Zubaidi to cooperate with the Aden-based government.