Yemen War: An Agonising Catch-22

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The Yemen war shows no sign of ending despite witnessing a humanitarian crisis that could be described as one of the worst in modern times, as well as widespread destruction of basic infrastructure, compounded by the absence of an environment conducive to a genuine peace process. Moreover, instead of a traditional war of two sides, the already fractured social fabric …

The War in Yemen: When will it end?

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The Houthis believe that as long as they continue to hold Sanaa and international blame and condemnation for the humanitarian crisis continues to be directed at Saudi as opposed to their spectacular coup, then it is merely a matter of time before Riyadh are forced to the negotiating table on their terms.

Yemen: The Human Story

BaraashIban Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

It has been 46 days since the Saudi-led air strikes started targeting Houthi bases across Yemen, instigating a heated debate between all political factions of the country on the legality and necessity of such an act to save a President and government that came to power after 33 years of dictatorship. In the midst of this debate, the human story is usually forgotten.

Hadi does not possess the strength to oust Houthi, and Obama knows this

Sami Hamdi Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

The stage is set; Houthi backed by Iran in the north, and Hadi in Aden backed by the international community. Many have rushed to claim that the idea that Iran will continue to support Houthi despite international pressure and recognition of Hadi in Aden in its bid to place greater pressure on Saudi Arabia is fanciful at best. These critics …

Interview with Laura Kasinof, author of ‘Don’t be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen’

Sami Hamdi Discussion, Documentaries/Videos, Middle East/North Africa, Yemen

On 9 December 2014, Editor Sami Hamdi interviewed Laura Kasinof, a freelance journalist whose work focuses on the Middle East. From 2011-2012, Kasinof reported for the New York Times from Yemen, covering anti-government protests and conflict that was part of the political upheaval unfolding across the Arab World. Kasinof has recently authored her new book Don’t be Afraid of the …

Editor Sami Hamdi presents debate on the blockade of Sanaa by the Houthi forces

Sami Hamdi Documentaries/Videos, Middle East/North Africa, World Politics, Yemen

Sami HamdiSami Hamdi is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Interest. An experienced geopolitical risk consultant, Sami assists blue-chip clients around the world in monitoring and advising on highly volatile business environments. Sami has extensive experience in the MENA region having been a television reporter and talk-show host for over 10 years. He has reported on key events in the region …

Editor Sami Hamdi presents debate between member of Houthi Politburo and prominent Yemeni journalist Mohamed Jumaih

Sami Hamdi Documentaries/Videos, Middle East/North Africa, World Politics, Yemen

Sami HamdiSami Hamdi is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Interest. An experienced geopolitical risk consultant, Sami assists blue-chip clients around the world in monitoring and advising on highly volatile business environments. Sami has extensive experience in the MENA region having been a television reporter and talk-show host for over 10 years. He has reported on key events in the region …