Crisis in Yemen: Iran and Saudi Arabia’s Proxy Conflict
July 26, 2017
11:00am to 12:00pm

Teleconference call

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The second installment of the Pacific Council’s Summer Teleconference Series, on the proxy war being waged by Iran and Saudi Arabia in Yemen.

Yemen’s undeclared civil war has suddenly exploded into a region-wide crisis that could have far-reaching, unpredictable, and international consequences. The conflict, spreading outwards from the key southern battleground around Aden, pits Saudi Arabia, the leading Sunni power—plus what remains of Yemen’s government—against northern-based Houthi rebels, who are covertly backed by Shia Iran. What has until now been an unacknowledged proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia has burst into an open confrontation that appears to be escalating rapidly. 

What role, if any, should the United States play in this conflict? What can the international community do to resolve the crisis?

Listen to the full conversation below:


Ambassador Barbara K. Bodine, Director and Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy, Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Georgetown University

Prior to joining Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Ambassador Bodine taught and directed policy task forces and policy workshops on U.S. diplomacy in the Persian Gulf region, including Iraq and Yemen for seven years at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. Read more.

Mr. James P. Farwell, Associate Fellow in the Department of War Studies, King's College London; and Senior Fellow, Middle East Institute

James Farwell is an author and defense consultant who has advised the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Special Operations Command on global initiatives and actions, communication strategy, cyber policy development and authorities, and cyber security. He is a recognized expert on political issues in North Africa, the Middle East, and Pakistan. Read more.


Ms. Suzie Abdou, Consultant, Ma'at Consulting

Suzie Abdou provides international consulting services, specializing in policy and development in the Middle East and North Africa. Read more.


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