Unconventional Houthi War Tactics

Houthi forces have used a combination of conventional weaponry and unconventional, ad-hoc strategies to fight forces loyal to the Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG) and its Arab-led coalition allies in the ongoing Yemeni civil war. Here, Navanti reviews two of the Houthis’ unorthodox methods for prosecuting the ongoing conflict.

What's the Status of Negotiations over Northeast Syria?

A number of Syrian news outlets have reported that the Kurdish-led Autonomous Administration (AA) is negotiating with Damascus over the future of the resource-rich quarter of the country under AA control. Are negotiations actually underway, and, if so, what do they mean for a possible political settlement to the civil war?

Cyclone Mekunu Devastates South Yemen’s Infrastructure

When Mekunu struck Yemen’s southern coastline late last month, dozens of residents of al-Mahra and Hadramawt provinces were injured and killed as the cyclone sank boats and swept cars and buses off the roads. Stormwater created a series of small waterfalls on the hilly island of Socotra, leaving over 40 people missing by Mekunu’s end.

The Economic Impact of Boko Haram Rule

In northeast Nigera, the impact of Boko Haram rule can linger for years after the extremist organization is cleared from an area. Navanti researchers recently visited Cross Kawa, a village in Borno state that has struggled to rebuild its economy since the Nigerian military captured it from Boko Haram in late 2015.

Life Under Siege in Ta’izz, Yemen

Ta’izz has experienced instability since the Yemen conflict broke out in 2011, as Republic of Yemen Government (ROYG)-aligned militias, and pro-Houthi forces fought for control over different neighborhoods of the city. 

Life after ISIS in Busayra, Deir al-Zour

In September 2017, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) began a campaign to recapture large parts of Syria’s eastern Deir al-Zour province from ISIS. Around the same time, the SDF announced the creation of the Deir al-Zour Civil Council (DZCC) to administer the oil-rich desert province in the post-ISIS phase.

Life After ISIS in Tabqah, Syria

The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) captured Tabqah , located west of al-Raqqa city, from ISIS in May 2017. Since that time, the SDF-affiliated Tabqah Civil Council (TCC) has begun the arduous task of restoring some semblance of normal life to a city all but destroyed by the six-year civil war.

Spot Threat Assessment Series: Jerusalem Embassy Move

When President Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on 06 DEC 2017, regional heads of state including Jordanian King Abdullah and Saudi King Salman warned that violent reactions would spill over from Israel-Palestine into surrounding countries. Within hours of the announcement, Navanti provided its clients with a street level view detailing possible security threats in the MENA region.

Yemen's Hadramawt Province Remains Stable Despite Economic Downturn

Forces affiliated with the Saudi-led coalition retook the coast of the Yemeni province of Hadramawt from Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula in spring 2016. While Hadramawt witnessed limited fighting during that period, it has largely remained insulated from the Yemeni civil war because Houthi forces never managed to secure a foothold inside the southeastern province.