Redux: How Yemen Buries Foreign Powers


The National Interest - March 31, 2015

Asher Orkaby is a Junior Research Fellow at the Crown Center.

In response to pleas from Yemen’s deposed President Hadi and out of concern for the uncertainty of a Houthi-led government, Saudi Arabia announced the beginning of a bombing campaign against the tribes allied with the Houthi movement.

As the number of participants in the Saudi-led coalition increases to include Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait and even the United States and Turkey, one cannot help but hear the echoes of international intervention in the 1962 Yemen civil war.

For six years following the overthrow of the last Yemeni Imam Muhammed al-Badr in 1962, the country was locked in a bloody civil war between the newly established republic and a coalition of northern Yemeni tribes, many of the same tribes that constitute the Houthi movement today. When the beleaguered Yemeni republic appealed for foreign support, their call was answered by dozens of countries and international organizations who were willing to aid either directly with weapons and financing, or on the floors of the United Nations. ... Read the Full Text