Houthi attack in shipping lane could undermine oil markets

The Houthi attack has been interpreted by the Saudis as an indication that Iran may make good on its promise to disrupt shipping in the Strait of Hormuz. Saudi Arabia will try to capitalize on the threat of further disruptions to justify the continuation of its military campaign against the Houthis in Hodeida.

How is jihadi militancy in Yemen evolving?

Regional conflict and internal chaos have allowed militant jihadi groups to rise and flourish in Yemen. In this policy paper, Elisabeth Kendall explains how two of the most prominent such groups, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the Islamic State in Yemen (ISY), have evolved and adapted within the Yemen's turbulent political and military landscape.

Renew Palestinian democracy to avert a succession crisis
Succession after the death of 83-year-old Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is likely to be messy, with always-fractious Palestinian politics getting even more hostile and a two-state solution even further away.
Trump's Iran gamble

In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts discuss Secretary Pompeo's speech on Iran, Erdogan's decision to lift Turkey's state of emergency, the cease-fire in Gaza, Iran's continued threat in Syria, Trump's tweets on Iran, and Vice President Dostum's return to Afghanistan.

As protests roil Iraq, political elite seeks scapegoat

In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts Randa Slim, Marvin G. Weinbaum, and Charles Lister provide analysis on recent and upcoming events including the ongoing protests in Iraq, the Sharifs' return to Pakistan and their subsequent imprisonment, and pro-Assad forces' westward push in Syria.

The energy implications of the Gulf crisis

Though the present tensions between Qatar and its regional counterparts have not influenced energy production or exports in the region, should tensions ease, both sides of the crisis could benefit.

Will Iran leave Syria?

In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts Robert S. Ford, Gerald Feierstein, Marvin G. Weinbaum, and Bilal Y. Saab provide analysis on Iran's efforts to stay in Syria, Pompeo's upcoming trip to Abu Dhabi, the Pakistan Muslim League's struggle in the upcoming National Assembly elections, and Qatar's decision to renege on its Russian S-400 purchase.

The decline of the US’s role in Syria

In this week's Monday Briefing, MEI experts discuss the US's silence amid the Assad regime's expansion in Syria, the Iranian president's trip to Europe, the uptick in violence after Iraq's elections, and Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections.