Scott talks to Giorgio Cafiero about the ongoing situation in Yemen, where complex Middle Eastern alliances and rivalries are playing themselves out on the battleground of Yemen. In particular, Cafiero explains the latest controversy between Turkey and the UAE, who in other circumstances actually tend to get along. In this case the claim is that Turkey is supporting the Muslim Brotherhood group al-Islah in Yemen in an effort to gain influence in the region, an allegation that Cafiero doubts. This factional conflict represents yet another case in which the world’s worst humanitarian disaster continues to receive next to no coverage in western media, which only serves to further undermine any efforts to bring it to an end. Scott and Cafiero agree that Biden is probably slightly more likely to demand an end to the war in Yemen, should he win the presidency, but neither believes we can really expect anything from a Biden administration other than a continuation of the worst of the neocon foreign policy establishment of the last 30 years or so.
Discussed on the show:
“Gulf Powers Fear Turkey’s Jockeying for ‘Soft Power’ in Yemen” (The American Conservative)
“The Houthis Are Not Hezbollah” (Foreign Policy)
“The Houthi-Hezbollah Surrogate Nexus” (LobeLog)
“Ukraine crisis: Transcript of leaked Nuland-Pyatt call” (BBC News)
“8/28/20 Gilbert Doctorow on the Situation in Belarus” (The Libertarian Institute)
“Belarus: Why the Ongoing Political Unrest Is Unlike Maidan” (Antiwar.com Original)
Giorgio Cafiero is the CEO and founder of Gulf State Analytics, a geopolitical risk consultancy based in Washington, DC. He writes regularly for the Middle East Institute, The National Interest, and LobeLog. Find him on Twitter @GiorgioCafiero.
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