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Houthi fighters attend the funeral procession of Houthis killed in recent clashes with the Yemeni government. Armed Houthi fighters attend the funeral procession of Houthis who were killed in recent clashes with the Yemeni government, in Sanaa, Yemen, Nov. 24, 2021 (AP photo by Hani Mohammed).

Yemen’s Cease-fire Is Challenging Popular Notions of How Wars End

Monday, April 18, 2022

Earlier this month, the lead U.N. representative for Yemen announced a two-month cease-fire, the first major breakthrough since 2015 in the conflict between the Houthi rebels and Iran on the one side and the Yemeni government and its Gulf backers on the other. The news was a ray of hope in an otherwise unremittingly troubling international context.

Or was it? Coming on the heels of the Taliban’s assumption of power in Afghanistan and the normalization of Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria, the cease-fire, which appears to be the product of Houthi advancement rather than international diplomacy, suggests that, in many cases, it is military might, not a negotiated settlement, that prevails. ...

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