Last Updated: Feb. 9, 2024

Debate: Will Saudi Arabia and the UAE join a US clash with the Houthis?

Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, better known as the Houthis, display missiles and drones at a military parade in Sana'a on Sept. 21, 2023. (Source: projectmeshkat/Twitter)


After a series of attacks on Israeli-linked shipping in the Red Sea, the US says it has set up an international coalition to stop the strikes by Yemen’s Ansarullah movement, better known as the Houthis. However, no Red Sea littoral state—including Saudi Arabia—has at least publicly joined the initiative. Neither has the United Arab Emirates (UAE), once a key component of the Saudi-led military intervention in Yemen. To better understand the underlying calculations, invited three experts to share their views.

Betul Dogan-Akkas is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at Ankara University.

Corrado Čok is a Visiting Fellow focusing on Gulf-Africa relations at the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Fabian Hinz is a Research Fellow for Defense and Military Analysis at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).

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