In response to the global outbreak of COVID-19, the United Nations has called for an immediate ceasefire in war-torn regions across the world including in Yemen. Yet this has proven to be only temporary as renewed offensives – including Saudi-led airstrikes in the Houthi-held Yemeni capital Sana’a – demonstrate continued military escalation in the region.
With COVID-19 now adding even more pressure on the country’s infrastructures, what are the prospects for peace in a country ravaged by the effects of war, famine, displacement and shortages in aid funding?
Who are the key players and what are their military and political objectives?
What needs to be done to help alleviate Yemen’s humanitarian crisis?
What factors have prevented previous peace talks from bringing a comprehensive end to the conflict?
Or could the public health crisis, and a shift towards online negotiations, present an opportunity to better facilitate the peace process in Yemen?