February 06, 2021

Five things to know about Biden's Yemen move

Featuring Elisa Catalano Ewers

Source: The Hill

Journalist Laura Kelly

President Biden's announcement this week that he is ending U.S. support for offensive operations in Yemen’s civil war was his first major foreign policy move in office.

Coupled with a commitment to support a diplomatic resolution more forcefully and ensure delivery of humanitarian assistance, the decision fulfilled a key campaign promise and was welcomed by foreign allies, human rights groups and lawmakers from both parties.

But it also affects the delicate U.S. alliances with Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and their fight against Yemen’s Iran-backed Houthi separatists. The Gulf countries are key U.S. security partners in the region but are regularly criticized as getting away with human rights abuses.

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Authors

  • Elisa Catalano Ewers

    Adjunct Senior Fellow, Middle East Security Program

    Elisa Ewers is an Adjunct Senior Fellow with the Middle East Security program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), with 20 years of experience in U.S. national se...