Geopolitics in the Middle East: “For Arab powers, Yemen is a military playground”

Geopolitics in the Middle East
“Yemen is a military game for Riyadh and the UAE”

By Andrea Sellmann and Mary Abdelaziz-Ditzow

The Bab-el-Mandeb Strait, which is relevant for world trade, makes Yemen a geostrategically important country. Major Arab powers also recognize this and are testing their military capabilities in Yemen – at the expense of the civilian population.

As a result of the war in the Middle East, Yemen is also becoming the focus of global attention: the armed Houthi rebels based there are siding with Hamas and are firing drones and rockets at Israel. They are also increasingly attacking international merchant ships on the Yemeni coast to prevent them from passing the Red Sea towards Israel. The first shipping companies are changing their routes, the USA is forging an alliance to protect shipping.

In 2014, the Houthi rebels took control of the Yemeni capital Sanaa and large parts of the country. Why is there even fighting in the country? And what social divisions has this led to? These questions are the focus of the new episode of the “Wirtschaft Welt & Weit” podcast.

The political scientist Said AlDailami was born in Yemen. For him, the fighting is about the interests of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: According to AlDailami, both countries want to strengthen their respective positions of power on the Arabian Peninsula: Yemen with the port in Aden and its oil fields is of geostrategic interest for both – and a chance to gain war experience. For him, the regional powers in the country have “found a great way to play where they can exercise their military power and try things out – and unfortunately at the expense of the Yemenis,” explains AlDailami.

Humanitarian aid for two out of three people

How much does the local population suffer? Two out of three people in Yemen rely on humanitarian aid. Does the country in the Horn of Africa have a chance for peace or will the situation now escalate even further? Host Mary Abdelaziz-Ditzow discusses this and more with her guests Said AlDailami and Alexander Weissenburger in the new podcast episode.

Alexander Weissenburger is an Islamic scholar and Middle East expert at the Institute for Social Anthropology at the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He is particularly familiar with the ideology of the Houthi rebels.

Said AlDailami has a doctorate in political science and a former Bundeswehr officer. He comes from a politically influential Yemeni family and currently works in development cooperation. With his association Hayati Karamati, he supports aid projects in Yemen and is particularly committed to helping children who suffer from the fighting in the country. He also gives his country of birth a voice as an author.

Economy World & Wide

What does Germany have to do to continue to play an important role in the economic world of tomorrow? Who do we depend on? Which countries benefit from the new world situation? Mary Abdelaziz-Ditzow discusses this with relevant experts in the ntv podcast “Wirtschaft Welt & Weit”.

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