Only several months after the Saudi-led military coalition waged its ongoing campaign against the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in March 2015, the United Nations began issuing warnings about famine. Today, millions of Yemenis are on the brink of famine, with about half a million suffering from a cholera outbreak. This paper analyzes the causes of Yemen’s humanitarian catastrophe and offers the Trump administration recommendations for helping the impoverished Arab state avoid a famine.
- All major parties fighting in the Yemeni civil war bear varying degrees of responsibility for the country’s humanitarian crisis.
- The Trump administration’s policies vis-à-vis the Middle East have led to more support for the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, compared to the Obama administration.
- Without a cease-fire, there is virtually no hope for improving Yemen’s worsening humanitarian crisis.
- Al-Qaeda and Islamic State have exploited Yemen’s chaotic violence in recent years, and the spread of disease and famine throughout the country will likely benefit such extremists.
- The United States should pursue a negotiated cease-fire to allow for humanitarian access and aid.
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