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Beyond the Arab Cold WarThe International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-68$
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Asher Orkaby

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190618445

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190618445.001.0001

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Epilogue: Echoes of a Civil War

Epilogue: Echoes of a Civil War

(p.207) Epilogue: Echoes of a Civil War
Beyond the Arab Cold War

Asher Orkaby

Oxford University Press

The war in Yemen that began in 2014 between northern tribes and the exiled republic is the bookend to six decades of conflict that began in 1962. The Houthi northern tribal alliance is a modern reincarnation of the royalists who had supported Imam al-Badr during the 1960s. The Houthis see themselves as rectifying the unjust political settlements left over from the Yemen Civil War. The current conflict reached a turning point with a tribal conquest of Sana’a, reminiscent of 1968, aimed at overthrowing the post-revolutionary generation of urban leadership and its republican government in decline. In a demonstration of history repeating itself, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the ICRC, the UN, and large groups of mercenaries returned to Yemen for another round of unwinnable interventions that closely resemble the original conflict.

Keywords:   Houthi, Saudi Arabia, ICRC, UN, Ansar Allah, Arab Spring, Ali Abdullah Saleh, ‘Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, Ould Cheikh Ahmed, Jamal Benomar

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