Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Crisis in Yemen Part 2: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Last week, members of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) seized control of the Al`Adayn directorate in Yemen’s southern Ibb governorate after violent clashes with Houthi rebels in central Yemen. The Houthis, discussed in Part I of our series on Yemen, have recently rapidly expanded their territory, seizing control of the capital at the end of September, forcing the Prime

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The Crisis in Yemen Part 1: The Houthis Win Big

As the world focuses on the fighting in Iraq and Syria against ISIS and the current Ebola epidemic originating in West Africa, many crises around the world have gone completely under the radar. In recent weeks we here at Ramen IR have made an effort to bring some of these underreported issues to the attention of our readers. We’ve written

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The Fight in North Waziristan

There’s a war going on between Islamist militants and a key US ally with support from American drones, but it isn’t occurring in Syria. This conflict comes on the heels of long-term Western military operations and nation-building that have yielded questionable results despite years of political, military, and economic support, but it isn’t in Iraq. The militants deploy ruthless tactics:

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Hong Kong and the “Umbrella Revolution”

Protests in Hong Kong over free elections, now known as the Umbrella Revolution, continue to grow. Although the movement has no centralized leadership structure, it has maintained its unity and discipline, and has avoided becoming violent or destructive. Substantial donations of food and supplies have allowed the movement to maintain its momentum and are emblematic of widespread local support beyond

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