Iran and UAE in Yemen: Regional and Global Ambitions

Aaron Tielemans is a M.A. student in the International Affairs program at the Elliott School of International Affairs. He also studied at the Elliott School as an undergraduate student and has worked for the Department of State and the House Homeland Security Committee. He currently works in the Office of International Programs at the George Washington University, supporting the international relations of the university at large. Aaron also works part-time as a tour guide, welcoming visitors from all over the country and the world to Washington, D.C.

This article highlights the actions and goals of two major actors in Yemen: Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Framed within the context of the Yemeni Civil War, both states have used the fog of war to further their own regional and global interests. Moreover, some of their interests— and the strategies through which they seek to achieve them—contradict the United States’ goals in Yemen, the region, and the international stage. As such, if the United States wishes to strengthen its credibility in the Persian Gulf, it needs to critically reevaluate its strategy in the region and pay more attention to the behavior of its allies.

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This article was published in our Summer 2019 issue. Latest issues of the journal are available in the Gelman Library and can also be downloaded from our website.

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