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Saudi Arabia’s intervention in Yemen is unprecedented—and flawed

The war has demonstrated a newfound Saudi willingness to use force, but the country has not shown equivalent capacity to implement a political strategy

By Jane Kinninmont  

YEMEN, Sana'a: A thick cloud of black smoke rises above the Yemeni capital of Sana'a as Saudi Arabia continues its military intervention. Photo: PA

The Yemen war has been a dramatic foreign policy departure for Saudi Arabia. This unprecedented military intervention is just one of several areas of policy that have been radically altered since King Salman came to power in January 2015 and installed his son Mohammed as defence minister and then crown prince. Their decision to lead a military intervention in Yemen was something unprecedented for a…

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