By Adam Simpson
December 18, 2015
Since the nation-state of Yemen collapsed in early 2015, violent extremist groups have operated with near-impunity. Although the primary conflict remains between those forces linked to President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi and Ansar Allah (the dominant Houthi militia), the deadly competition amidst this conflict between al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and the local Daesh (“Islamic State”) affiliate, Wilayat al-Yemen, will have far reaching ramifications for the future of Yemen and its neighbors in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Adam Simpson is the Project Assistant for the Middle East Strategy Task Force, an initiative of the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.