By Ajay Jejurikar, Buzzfeed
A recently published meta-study accessed the impact of the Arab League’s passed revolutions on the Yemeni crisis. It revealed that the resolution averted famine, but failed to completely quell violent conflicts within the region.
The Arab League’s resolution consisted of two critical sections: The first part established a task force whose primary goal is to promote and maintain peace within Yemen. However, the resolution prohibited any member of the peacekeeping coalition from supplying troops to the task force. Algeria, who is not a member of the peacekeeping initiative, is the only Arab nation capable of supplying a substantial number of troops to the peacekeeping force in Yemen. Since larger Arab nations, such as Saudi Arabia and Iran, are unable to provide troops to the task force stationed in Yemen, they refuse to allocate funds towards this initiative. Consequently, the proposed task force is incapable of suppressing violence and maintaining peace in Yemen, which has allowed clashes between Houthi splinter factions and coalition forces stationed in the region to continue.
The second portion of The Arab League’s proposition, which required Saudi Arabia to lift its blockade near the Yemeni coast, opened Yemeni ports to the transport of goods, sustenance, and aid. As a result, a seemingly inevitable famine was avoided in Yemen, saving millions of lives.
Ultimately, the Arab League’s enacted resolution successfully eliminated the risk of famine and decreased conflict to an extent in Yemen. However, the lackluster peacekeeping force established by this committee is unlikely to eradicate long-term violence in the region.