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TABLE OF CONTENTS

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONSi

I.Introduction2

II.Roots of War5

A.Who Are the Huthis?5

B.A Broken Equilibrium6

C.A Crisis Within Zaydism7

III.Competing narratives10

A.The State’s Narrative10

B.The Huthi and Zaydi Revivalist Narrative12

IV.A Metastasising conflict13

A.Accumulating Grievances and  Growing Tribal Involvement13

B.A War of Succession?15

C.Rise of a War Economy15

D.Perceived Foreign Meddling17

E.Western Silence18

V.Mediation Attempts19

A.Tribal and Political Mediation  Committees19

B.Qatar’s Mediation21

C.Reconstruction Committees22

VI.building a lasting peace25

A.Bridging the Sectarian Gap25

B.Reintegrating the Huthis  into Politics25

C.Encouraging Civil Society  Initiatives26

D.A New International Role27

VII.Conclusion28

APPENDICES

A.

Map of Yemen29

B.

Yemen with Governorates and Cities30

C.

Saada Governorate Districts Map31

D.

About the International Crisis Group32

E.

Crisis Group Reports and Briefings on Middle East and North Africa.33

F.

Crisis Group Board of Trustees35

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