Chatham House research on Yemen focuses on the Yemen civil war and resulting humanitarian crisis, in addition to its impact on the economy of Yemen and the role of factions such as the Houthis in Yemen.
After the 2011 Yemeni Revolution initially driven by poor economic conditions and corruption, and the eventual collapse of the transition scheme set out by the Gulf Cooperation Council deal in November 2011, conflict erupted in regions across Yemen.
The resulting Yemen civil war is often reduced to a two-sided fight between the Houthis, allied with forces loyal to the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh and supported by Iran, against forces loyal to the government of President Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, backed by Saudi Arabia.
In reality, however, the nature of this conflict is more complicated. Our projects include mapping key local and regional stakeholders in Yemen's conflict, examining prospects for peace, and presenting a long-term approach for ending the crisis, state-building and economic reconstruction.