Mareike Transfeld: "Yemen’s transition to political stability was doomed to fail. Here’s why."
Last week, Yemen’s exiled government in Riyadh agreed to talks with the Houthis, a social movement and militia from northern Yemen, in an attempt to move the country out of conflict. It remains highly unlikely, however, that the country will get back on track of stabilization, much less the political transition process — initially seen as a model for peaceful transition.
In the past seven months, in order to restore the transitional government in Sanaa, the Saudi-led coalition has attempted to push the Houthis out of territories and state institutions it had been occupying since September 2014, albeit with limited success. [...]