Two weeks ago, the UN Human Rights Council, overriding the objections of Saudi Arabia and its allies, voted to continue an investigation by a panel of international experts into the war in Yemen. This comes in the wake of a recent cholera outbreak, with roughly 10,000 new cases each week, and increasing civilian casualties. The humanitarian crisis in Yemen has been aided by the United States' continued support for Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in their campaigns against Houthi rebels. While this support has been ongoing since the Obama administration, the Trump administration has seen the Houthis as the same sort of threat as other Iranian-backed groups in the region. While local factors in Yemen have been at play in the prolonging of the brutal conflict, recent geopolitical developments have aided in the sustaining and ramping up military campaigns, leading to an increased number of civilian casualties and worsening humanitarian crisis. During this week's salon, we will look into recent developments in Yemen and discuss recent geopolitical factors that have prolonged the conflict.
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