Ending Yemen’s bloody civil war is critical first and foremost for the country’s long-suffering people. But a peace deal would also serve as a confidence-building step toward stability in the Middle East, and would send a positive signal at a time of increasing international friction and polarization.
Thomas R. Pickering, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs in the Clinton administration, served as US Ambassador to Russia, Israel, India, Jordan, and the United Nations. He is the Vice Chair of Hills & Company. – Malcolm Rifkind is a former Defense Secretary and Foreign Secretary of the United Kingdom. – Norbert Röttgen is Chair of the Bundestag Foreign Affairs Committee. – Yang Guang is Director of the Institute for International and Area Studies at Tsinghua University. – Andrey Kortunov is Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council.
Saudi Arabia has spent the past five years fighting off Iran-backed Shia rebels in a seemingly endless conflict that has cost more than 100,000 lives and left 80% of the population in need of humanitarian assistance. Only by backing UN-led peace talks will it be possible to achieve a political settlement.
Amin Saikal, a former distinguished professor of political science at the Australian National University, is author of Iran Rising: The Survival and Future of the Islamic Republic and co-author (with James Piscatori) of Islam Beyond Borders: The Umma in World Politics.
Separatists have announced self-rule in southern Yemen, angering the internationally recognised government. The last thing the country needs is more fighting. Gulf powers and the UN should help implement a stalled 2019 agreement so that national ceasefire talks can go ahead.