Yemen Endures: Civil War, Saudi Adventurism and the Future of Arabia

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - History - 391 pages
Why is Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, involved in a costly and merciless war against its mountainous southern neighbor Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East? When the Saudis attacked the hitherto obscure Houthi militia, which they believed had Iranian backing, to oust Yemen's government in 2015, they expected an easy victory. They appealed for Western help and bought weapons worth billions of dollars from Britain and America; yet two years later the Houthis, a unique Shia sect, have the upper hand.

In her revealing portrait of modern Yemen, Ginny Hill delves into its recent history, dominated by the enduring and pernicious influence of career dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled for three decades before being forced out by street protests in 2011. Saleh masterminded patronage networks that kept the state weak, allowing conflict, social inequality and terrorism to flourish. In the chaos that follows his departure, civil war and regional interference plague the country while separatist groups, Al-Qaeda and ISIS compete to exploit the broken state. And yet, Yemen endures.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The 1962 Revolution in the Yemen Arab Republic
9
The End of the Cold War Unification and the 1994 Civil War
33
Parliamentary Politics and Presidential Patronage
51
AK47 ArmsDealers and Warlords
69
Piracy and PeopleSmuggling from The Horn of Africa
87
Elite Competition Corruption and Reform
105
Yemens Role in the Origins of AlQaeda
119
HouthiLed Insurgency in the Northern Province of Saada
175
Youth Activists and the 2011 Uprising
203
Elite Rivalry and Urban Warfare
219
Politics of Balance and the 2012 Transition
235
Hadis Failure and The Rise of the Houthis
255
The Return to Power
275
Notes
295
Index
359

US Cruise Missiles and Drones
135
Birth of the Southern Separatist Movements
155

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Ginny Hill is a visiting fellow in the Middle East Centre at the LSE who has covered Yemen for more than a decade as a journalist and policy advisor. She founded the Chatham House Yemen Forum and recently served on the UN Panel of Experts on Yemen. Hill has worked for al-Jazeera English, the BBC, Channel 4 News and ITV.

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