Yemen war intensifies amid Saudi-Iran diplomatic standoff
Voice of America - 01/07/2016
Analysts say the biggest losers in this rivalry are countries like Yemen, embroiled in regional conflicts seen as proxy-wars for Saudi Arabia and Iran, the two most powerful countries in the region. Besides geopolitical and economic competition, the two countries are at the heart of the regional sectarian divide. Saudi Arabia is the main Sunni power; Iran, the strongest Shi’ite country.
“This conflict is manifesting itself all over the Middle East, but especially in Syria, in Yemen and to a lesser extent Iraq,” says Max Abrahms, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a professor at Northeastern University. “In all three of those conflicts, the Saudis and Iranians have different positions and are really at loggerheads with each other.”