The Saudi-Iranian détente is not a panacea for the Yemen war


Detente between Saudi Arabia and Iran is not a panacea for the war in Yemen. The conflict in Yemen is complex and multifaceted, with many different actors and interests involved. The two main sides in the conflict, the Houthi rebels and the Saudi-led coalition, have conflicting goals, and neither side is likely to be willing to make major concessions necessary to reach a lasting peace agreement. While improved relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran could create a more conducive environment for peace talks, it is unlikely to be enough to bring an end to the conflict on its own.

There are still many issues to be resolved, including the question of the Houthi’s involvement in the Yemeni government, the withdrawal of foreign forces, and the delivery of humanitarian aid. Moreover, even if a peace agreement is reached, it is likely to be fragile and could be easily overturned.

Therefore, a more comprehensive approach is needed in order to bring an end to the war in Yemen. This should include an inclusive political process, the implementation of confidence-building measures, and the promotion of economic development in the region.