Domestic political impact: collateral damage for MBS

Issue 1025 - 03 Nov 2016 | 4 minute read

Saudi Arabia has become bogged down in what looks to be an unwinnable conflict since entering the Yemen war in March 2015. Riyadh declared the end of its ‘Decisive Storm’ air campaign after just one month, saying it had achieved its military goals. However, claims of an early victory proved to be hollow; the conflict has been grinding on relentlessly ever since, unfittingly codenamed Operation Restore Hope. The resulting costs have been high for Saudi Arabia in every respect; rather than being an expression of strength, the war has arguably made the kingdom look weaker.

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