On February 4, President Biden committed to ending support for offensive Saudi military action in Yemen, as well as relevant arms sales. However, it is not clear how U.S. policy changed after this date, as the U.S. continues to support the Saudis, especially by maintaining the Saudi Air Force, and has allowed some weapons sales to proceed. If Biden is serious about fostering a resolution to the violence and humanitarian crisis in Yemen, why has he not pressured the Saudis to lift the blockade? What role can and should the U.S. play, given Yemen’s complex internal as well as geopolitical dynamics?
Join Brookings Senior Fellow Bruce Riedel; Chairperson of the Yemeni human rights organization Mwatana, Radhya al-Mutawakel; and Research Fellow for the Middle East at the Quincy Institute Annelle Sheline, as they discuss what the U.S. administration should do to help achieve Biden’s statement that “this war must end.” Trita Parsi, Quincy Institute Executive Vice President, will moderate the conversation.
The discussion will take place on Wednesday, June 23, from 11 am to 12 pm ET.