Iran’s shallow influence in Yemen -Al Monitor

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Interesting analysis of Yemeni politics under the Houthis and how Iran’s position differs than the one the Saudis enjoyed in the past.

“Saudi Arabia relied on Yemen to spread its influence through several axes. Those include the tribal loyalties and the large Yemeni diaspora in Saudi Arabia, which is estimated at millions of people and comprises a remarkable network of traders. The political parties, such as Al-Islah Party, constituted another axis, along with the Yemeni state headed by Saleh. Saudi Arabia was seeking to keep the Yemeni state weak and did not mind supporting it financially if it faced a critical economic situation. Iran, however, is only betting on the religious axis through its media-backed channels such as al-Mayadeen, and the local al-Masirah and al-Sahat channels by buying off journalists”

Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/01/yemen-houthis-iran-influence.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+%5BEnglish%5D&utm_campaign=fdabfe0843-January_13_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-fdabfe0843-93109553#ixzz3Oj4eM3TF