Middle East politics

Middle East politics
The region, one of the cradles of civilization, is going through a turbulent period of historic realignment. Its powers are vying for political, military, economic and religious dominance with local players and outside actors. Armed conflicts, mainly civil wars, are challenging the permanence of states whose borders were drawn arbitrarily in the early 20th century, after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire.

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A Yemeni man holds his gun during a Houthi-led religious procession in Sana’a

GIS Dossier: Yemen’s civil war

Starting as an uprising by a marginalized ethnic group during the Arab Spring in 2011, the conflict in Yemen quickly gained momentum, becoming a civil war and later a proxy war between two of the region’s titans. The conflict is now a key element in the wider struggle for hegemony between Saudi Arabia and Iran. But as GIS analysts have pointed out over the years, it has the potential to spill over into a wider regional conflagration – even one with a nuclear dimension.

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