The Iranian Involvement in the Yemeni War

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dc.contributor.author Taha, Lynne
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-27T11:24:28Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-27T11:24:28Z
dc.date.copyright 2022 en_US
dc.date.issued 2022-07-26
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10725/14149
dc.description.abstract The rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran has been one of the main causes of the conflicts and wars in the Middle East since decades. Lebanon, Iraq, and Syria, were places where the two states competed aggressively to bring them under their hegemony. The latest Yemini civil war intensified this rivalry and both countries are now deeply involved in this civil war. It is interesting to notice that historically Iran’s involvement in Yemen was not as intense as Saudi Arabia’s. Yemen has never been an urgent priority for Iran, unlike Saudi Arabia that considers Yemen as the backyard of the Kingdom. Accordingly, this thesis seeks to understand the reasons why Iran has become so interested in the latest conflict in Yemen. Although Yemen had always provided opportunities to Iran to intervene in its internal affairs - such as civil wars and the presence of a Shia Houthi community - this thesis tries to answer the following research questions: Why has Yemen now become a priority to Iran? What are the tools that Iran is using to achieve its objective in Yemen? On that basis and by using a neorealist lens, this thesis reveals that Iran has decided to change its foreign policy towards Yemen as it has found a golden opportunity to strengthen its alliance with the Houthis, amidst the political chaos in the country to achieve its greater geopolitical objectives. This study shows that the Iranian involvement in Yemen is linked to its quest to strengthen its influence in the Middle East by geographically encircling its regional main opponents such as Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States with countries that are dominated by its allies. Furthermore, bringing these states that have a strategic geographical location under its control will allow it to exert pressure on the US and give it a strategic military advantage if it was to be attacked by the US and its Western allies. Iran had managed to have strong influence in Lebanon, Syria and Iran. Now it is the turn of Yemen. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Yemen (Republic) -- History -- Civil War, 2015- en_US
dc.subject Houthis en_US
dc.subject Saudi Arabia -- Foreign relations -- Yemen (Republic) en_US
dc.subject Yemen (Republic) -- Foreign relations -- Saudi Arabia en_US
dc.subject Iran -- Politics and government -- 21st century en_US
dc.subject Intervention (International law) -- Political aspects en_US
dc.subject Geopolitics -- Middle East en_US
dc.subject Lebanese American University -- Dissertations en_US
dc.subject Dissertations, Academic en_US
dc.title The Iranian Involvement in the Yemeni War en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.term.submitted Summer en_US
dc.author.degree MA in International Affairs en_US
dc.author.school SAS en_US
dc.author.idnumber 201602808 en_US
dc.author.commembers Baroudi, Sami
dc.author.commembers Helou, Joseph
dc.author.department Social and Education Sciences en_US
dc.description.physdesc 1 online resource (x, 88 leaves): col. map en_US
dc.author.advisor Rowayheb, Marwan
dc.keywords Yemen civil war en_US
dc.keywords neorealism en_US
dc.keywords foreign policy en_US
dc.keywords geopolitics en_US
dc.keywords Iran en_US
dc.keywords the Houthis en_US
dc.keywords Saudi Arabia en_US
dc.keywords hegemony en_US
dc.description.bibliographiccitations Bibliography: leaves 80-88. en_US
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26756/th.2022.477
dc.author.email lynne.taha@lau.edu en_US
dc.identifier.tou http://libraries.lau.edu.lb/research/laur/terms-of-use/thesis.php en_US
dc.publisher.institution Lebanese American University en_US
dc.author.affiliation Lebanese American University en_US

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