The Yemen War: A Proxy War, or a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy? Cover Image

The Yemen War: A Proxy War, or a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?
The Yemen War: A Proxy War, or a Self-Fulfilling Prophecy?

Author(s): Hubert Świętek
Subject(s): Security and defense, Military policy, Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Polski Instytut Spraw Międzynarodowych
Keywords: Yemen War;

Summary/Abstract: In recent years, Yemen has become an arena of strategic competition between Middle Eastern regional powers. As is the case with many other regional conflicts, the Yemen war is considered in the context of major international politics and great-power rivalry. Contrary to appearances, however, this is not a proxy war waged by Iran, one that the great rival of Teheran—Saudi Arabia—must, for the sake of its own security interests, oppose. On the contrary, Riyadh is a major player in the conflict, pursuing its own imperial interests. But its strategy has thus far been unsuccessful, prolonging the conflict and resulting in the devastation of Yemen and a humanitarian disaster. This can boost the role of terrorist organisations on a scale comparable to what we are witnessing in Syria and Iraq, creating a real threat to international security.

  • Issue Year: 26/2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 38-54
  • Page Count: 17
  • Language: English