Issue Brief on “Yemen-UAE: Sparring Over Socotra”


Yemen is immersed in yet another conflict – this time centered around the island of Socotra. The most recent power struggle is in between the Yemeni government and its ambitious ally, the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

On May 9, 2018 the UAE positioned its troops on the island, capturing strategic positions. This riled the Yemeni government of President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi, which says it was not told of the move.[1] The clash has brought Yemen’s three-year-old civil war to Socotra’s shores for the first time, and the island’s 60,000 residents are now caught in the middle.

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