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Peter Salisbury

Senior Analyst, Yemen

Crisis Group Role

Peter Salisbury is Crisis Group’s Senior Analyst for Yemen.

Professional Background

Peter has more than a decade of wide-ranging experience as a print, online and broadcast journalist. The former energy editor of MEED, the Middle East Economic Digest, he has written for The Economist, the Financial Times, Foreign Policy, and Vice News among others. He has consulted to the UK’s Department of International Development, the UN, and The World Bank, and has published a series of highly regarded papers on Yemen for Chatham House, the London-headquartered think tank where he is also a Senior Consulting Fellow.

He has also produced a number of short- and long-format documentaries on Yemen for VICE, a youth-oriented media network. In 2018, he won a Canadian Screen Award for his work on the VICE television series, TERROR.

Peter appears regularly on television, radio and in print as a commentator on Middle East affairs.

Areas of Expertise

  • Research
  • Analysis
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Political economy
  • Corruption
  • Conflict
  • Humanitarian issues
  • Middle East and North Africa
  • Arabian Peninsula
  • Yemen

Languages

  • English (Native)
  • Spanish (Fluent spoken)
  • German (Intermediate)
  • Arabic (Basic)
  • French (Basic)

In The News

7 Jul 2021
The Houthis appear to calculate that if they win in Marib, they will have won the war for the north of Yemen while humiliating the internationally recognized president. That is a considerable prize for their side, as it would also allow them to dictate terms for an end to the war. Los Angeles Times

Peter Salisbury

Senior Analyst, Yemen
29 Jun 2021
The good news is that there is clearly more focus on direct negotiations with the Houthi leadership in Sanaa [...] The bad news is that this hasn’t yet closed the gap between the Houthis’ and the Saudis’ positions. Until that happens, we won’t see much movement. Al Jazeera

Peter Salisbury

Senior Analyst, Yemen
23 Mar 2021
The Saudi proposal appears to double down on the idea that it is the Houthis who have to make concessions here. That won’t sit well with negotiators in Sanaa. Al Jazeera

Peter Salisbury

Senior Analyst, Yemen
18 Mar 2021
There are probably multiple agendas at play in Marib but the most urgent is the Houthis' belief they can take Marib city and end the war for the north [of Yemen]. Associated Press

Peter Salisbury

Senior Analyst, Yemen
15 Mar 2020
Now [Yemen's] fate is linked to a much bigger picture in a three-dimensional chess game. The Guardian

Peter Salisbury

Senior Analyst, Yemen
25 Feb 2020
[The Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula] hasn’t posed the kind of threat to the West it did a decade ago in a number of years. Washington Post

Peter Salisbury

Senior Analyst, Yemen

Latest Updates

A New UN Envoy is an Opportunity for a New Approach in Yemen

The UN is recruiting a new envoy to broker peace in Yemen. More important than who gets the job is how UN member states and the mediator perceive its purpose, interpretations of which have limited the UN to the flawed two-party framework adopted since 2015.  

The International Approach to the Yemen War: Time for a Change?

The international community has mediated in the Yemen war since its outbreak. Although the efforts have yielded some results, none have resulted in a lasting de-escalation of violence or real progress toward political solutions. A new international approach could change that. 

Originally published in Yemen Policy Center

Behind the Front Lines in Yemen’s Marib

Just before major battles in northern Yemen and the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, Crisis Group expert Peter Salisbury travelled to Marib, the government’s last stronghold. He found a region coping well with massive displacement but fearing a settlement that would favour the advancing Huthis.

Also available in العربية

Peace Is Possible in Yemen

Out of a Moment of Crisis, a Chance for a Solution.

Originally published in Foreign Affairs

Also available in العربية