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Yemen Quagmire Casts a Shadow Over Trump Trip to Saudi Arabia

Eric Pelofsky

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Cipher Brief

May 19, 2017


To prevent the war next door from wrecking the kingdom's ambitious reform initiatives, the president should offer assistance against Iranian arms shipments, urge Riyadh to avoid military operations with risky humanitarian consequences, and renew the stalled peace talks.

President Donald Trump's first trip abroad to Saudi Arabia is aimed at re-ordering America's approach to the Middle East and reinforcing Saudi Arabia's centrality to U.S. policy. The Saudi Arabia that Trump will see is in the midst of a nationwide effort to transform itself economically and socially. He will also have a front row seat to the competition to succeed King Salman. Yet the growing quagmire in neighboring Yemen could disrupt all of this, upending everything in its path...

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