Taiz, Yemen’s third most populous city, is engulfed by war, having emerged in early 2015 as the center of what many observers describe as a proxy war between the Saudi-led coalition and the Houthis, an armed Zaidi Shia revivalist movement with ties to Iran. Yet this lens can easily misrepresent the war and complicate efforts to resolve the conflict.
This report, part of a joint initiative on the Future of Proxy Warfare of New America’s International Security program and Arizona State University’s Center on the Future of War, draws upon field research in Taiz to uncover the local dynamics of the Yemen war that are often lost when it is portrayed as primarily a proxy war.
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