Two Month Truce in Yemen Starting During Ramadan

Dr. E.C. Beuck

Starting this Saturday, a nationwide truce will go into effect for all the warring sides involved in Yemen. In a deal brokered by the United Nations, the coalition headed by Saudi Arabia and the Houthis that are allied with Iran will coordinate a cessation of conflict across Yemen for two months, starting with the Muslim holy month of Ramadan which begins this weekend. Hopefully this ceasefire contributes to productive negotiations towards a peace that might finally end the conflict.

A recent report by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) provides an overview on the scale of the devastation in Yemen since 2015 from this conflict, some of the highlights being:

For many in the international community, the preferred way to end these costs in suffering and in lives lost would see a political solution reached between the Saudi-led coalition and the Iran-allied Houthis that would see the establishment of a new, unified government. Unfortunately, the reality of the situation within Yemen over the past few years presents a fractured state, lacking in central authority, and the site to increased competition over territorial control and resources.

With the implementation of this ceasefire, hopefully both sides will take some time to revisit the possibility of negotiating a lasting peace in Yemen. What this peace might look like is hard to say, be it a unified government, the restoration of President Hadi to power, or an outright partition of the state back into an independent South and North like some have desired over time. Regardless, this ceasefire provides an opportunity for renewed flows of aid and humanitarian assistance to flow into war-torn Yemen. For the sake of the Yemenis, we can hope this ceasefire is extended, and that a more lasting peace deal is reached.

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Holding a PhD in Political Science, I write about current events and on political topics related to international relations, international law, conflict both between and within states, and the interactions between technology and politics.

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