Strategic Council Online—Interview: “Ansarollah’s recent advance towards al-Bayda province after its advance in Marib province is a significant tactical move,” said a researcher on the Arabian Peninsula on the latest developments in Yemen.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: An analyst of Saudi affairs, explaining the reasons and consequences of the withdrawal of US defense systems from Saudi Arabia, said: Realizing the formal end of US support for its regional policies, especially under the Trump administration, Saudi Arabia has concluded that it will have to pay heavier costs if it continues its adventurous policies.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on Africa and Middle East affairs, referring to the escalation of the conflict in Ma’rib, said that liberation of that important and strategic province of Yemen is nearing a sensitive stage.
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: Recognizing Ansarollah by the US government is one of the main developments of the Yemen case. Recently, U.S. Special Envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking during a speech in the meeting of the NCUSAR (National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations), announced that the US recognizes the Houthis as a legal party and a group with many achievements in Yemen and this group alone is not responsible for violence and is part of an Arab coalition. Alongside the US, the British government has also recognized Ansarollah.
Barsam Mohammadi—Analyst of international issues
Strategic Council Online- According to the Director Yemen desk, at Mersaad think-tank, with the departure of Omani delegation to Sanaa, there was a promising perspective that war would stop, everybody was waiting for a serious incident in this respect. But with statements of political authorities of Haadi government, and also Sanaa government, it was clear that the talks would lead to nowhere.
Strategic Council Online – Interview: A faculty member of the Faculty of World Studies, University of Tehran, stating that before Saudi Arabia and the government of Mansour Hadi did not consider any rights for the Houthis, said: Now Saudi Arabia’s position has completely changed and it seems that Saudi Arabia has to pay the price to stop the war, which is to pay attention to the rights of the Yemenis.
Strategic Council Online- Although the joint Statement issued by G-7 foreign ministers is the declaration of position on their common foreign policy, which is not very important from this point of view, but from paradigm point of view, as it plans to harbor a self-made notion at this historical juncture of the world, it requires to be paid attention meticulously by thinkers and to prevent the conceptual idea made by its interpretation.
Aabed Akbari, Expert on International Affairs
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the latest political and military developments in Yemen, said that the current developments in Yemen have serious distinctions compared to the developments of the last 6 years, which are indicative of new events.
Strategic Council Online – An analyst of West Asia affairs said that the repeated presentation of the ceasefire plan by Saudi Arabia was done solely for the purpose of hindering the progress in Ma’rib Province, adding that Saudi Arabia is trying to buy time to make it clear to the United States and the West that they seek peace and deceive the public opinion by saying that they are after putting an end to the war and seek peace and ceasefire.
Strategic Council Online – Without considering the ground realities in Yemen and without taking into account common concerns of Riyadh and Western capitals, it is not possible to understand the reasons for the change in propaganda and declared positions of Washington officials and their so-called peaceful movements in Yemen.
Jafar Qanadbashi – expert on the Middle East affairs
Strategic Council Online—Opinion: When the Saudi court started the invasion of Yemen and attacked this territory from the land, air, and sea with the hope of capturing it in several days and destroy Ansarallah, the Saudis and their regional and international allies could not have even imagined that this war, despite the huge damages on Yemen, would not end in the overthrow of the Ansarallah and the occupation of Yemen and the establishment of a Saudi-allied regime, but would turn into a turning point for the mighty display of the power of the Islamic resistance and the shameful failure of the Saudi regime.
Hamid Khoshayand—international issues analyst
Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs said that Ansarollah’s advances in Ma’rib have put Saudi Arabia in a diplomatic and security dilemma adding that the country will not be able to withstand further damage and attacks and it seems that this crisis is approaching its final months.
Strategic Council Online – The start of Saudi Arabia’s military aggression against Yemen on March 25, 2015 and the unequal continuation of this war to the present time has led to the emergence of a huge swamp for the Saudi coalition after six years as such that the United States and the pro-Saudi coalition governments are desperately looking for a solution to this crisis. In fact, the main question will be whether the end of the Yemen war is a strategic necessity for the countries involved in this crisis or the political life of this crisis is nearing the end of its life?
Kourosh Salehi – International affairs expert
Strategic Council Online – Positions and remarks of the officials of the new US administration show that the war in Yemen is one of the important topics on the agenda of the White House in the field of foreign policy. As US President Joe Biden described in his first foreign policy speech the Yemen war: “a war which has created humanitarian and strategic catastrophe. …This war has to end.”
Hamid Khoshayand – Analyst of international affairs
Strategic Council Online – An expert on the Middle East affairs, commenting on the differences between US foreign policy towards Yemen during Donald Trump’s presidency and under Joe Biden, said: Biden’s policy on putting an end to the war in Yemen is not about human rights issues; rather what he follows in ending the war is to help its ally, Saudi Arabia, which is entrapped in that crisis.
Strategic Council Online—Interview: It seems that the Biden’s administration would partly make efforts to compensate the misguided policies and blunders of the Trump’s administration in the Middle East, says the Director of Global Studies Program of the Center for Strategic Studies of presidency, adding that the Biden’s administration should try to choose policies which are acceptable for the majority of the countries of the region while do not aim to interfere in the domestic affairs of the regional countries.
Strategic Council Online-Opinion: Joe Biden will have no choice but to remove Ansarullah from the American list of terrorist groups in order to participate in the peace talks with Saudi Arabia in future.
Hassan Hanizadeh-Middle East expert
Strategic Council Online – Former Iranian charge d’affaires to Yemen says US move to blacklist Ansarollah as a terrorist group will make political talks and aid activities more difficult, adding: Trump and his group wanted to take action in the final days of their term to create problems for the next US administration and even regional countries and leave an impact on the course of developments.
Strategic Council Online – An expert on West Asia affairs assessed the US letter to Ansarollah and the attempt to negotiate with them as a sign of the effectiveness of the Resistance and said: One of the factors that led Mohammed bin Salman to resort to the United States for putting an end to the war in Yemen is the issue of balance of power which has now changed in favour of Ansarollah.
Strategic Council Online – The decision of Sudan’s military leaders to withdraw Sudanese mercenaries from the Yemeni territory shows that the Saudi coalition is on the verge of collapse after five years.
Hassan Hanizadeh – Expert on Middle East Affairs