The Middle East Policy Council's 86th Capitol Hill Conference has concluded. The full video and unedited transcript are available below. A policy brief derived from this event can be read here. The panel, held October 13, 2016, offered diverse perspectives on the challenges for U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and opportunities for the next administration.
In Yemen, the Houthi rebels and former president Ali Abdullah Saleh have announced their intention to create a “supreme council” to rule the beleaguered Gulf state.
Two recent developments have changed the dynamic of the ongoing conflict in Yemen. First, the Houthi rebels agreed to negotiate with the government to reach a peaceful end to the violence. The negotiations have been taking place for almost two weeks now, though progress has been slow.
A ceasefire has been agreed in Yemen, bringing along with it the hope that the military conflict between the Houthis and the government — as well as their respective backers — may soon come to an end.
Richard Schmierer, Chairman of the Board of the Middle East Policy Council and former U.S. Ambassador to Oman, was recently interviewed by the Miami Herald on the recent transfer of 10 Yemeni prisoners to Oman from the controversial Guantanamo Bay prison. Amb.
The return of ousted Yemeni President Abd Rabbuh Mansour Hadi last week has bolstered the pro-government forces in their fight against rebel Houthi militias. Actively aided by the Saudis and other Gulf countries, Mr.