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Yemen plays a vital role in the geopolitical landscape of the Arabian Peninsula as it overlooks one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes and borders the world’s primary producers of oil. Moreover, Yemen is described by the U.S. administration as “an important partner in the global war on terrorism.” Despite Yemen’s strategic importance, the scarcity of reliable and objective information about the country continues to be a real problem that impedes a comprehensive and accurate understanding of the situation on the ground by the public, the media, and policymakers.
This misunderstanding results in policy that does not sufficiently address the needs or realities on the ground and creates reverberating problems in the political, social, economic, and legal spaces in the country, complicating any hope for a resolution of Yemen’s crisis. The result is what the World Health Organization describes as the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II, with more than 80% of the population living below the poverty line and 75% of them relying on relief aid provided by international organizations. Moreover, the instability in Yemen negatively affects regional and global political, economic, and security interests.