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Peter Salisbury

Consulting 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

11 Aug 2019
The problem right now from the perspective of ending the [Yemen] war is that Saudi Arabia and to an extent the Trump administration are unwilling to do so without a tangible ‘win’ for Riyadh. Los Angeles Times

Peter Salisbury

Consulting Senior Analyst, Yemen
30 Jul 2019
[Al Qaida in Yemen has] become much more focused on integrating with local spheres and much less focused on the brand-name, big-ticket attacks. ABC News

Peter Salisbury

Consulting Senior Analyst, Yemen
18 Feb 2019
It's encouraging news that [the agreement to pull forces out of Hodeida] has happened, as people had been losing faith in the process, causing fears that we'd soon see a return to combat in and around Hodeida. The Washington Post

Peter Salisbury

Consulting Senior Analyst, Yemen
18 Dec 2018
But it’s important to note that the deal [struck in Stockholm] is quite specific in saying that this is not part of a wider peace process: It’s an agreement made for humanitarian rather than political reasons. Associated Press

Peter Salisbury

Consulting Senior Analyst, Yemen

Latest Updates

Picturing Aden’s Fragile Recovery

After visiting Aden with a Crisis Group team doing field research and advocacy in Yemen’s interim capital, our Yemen expert Peter Salisbury shares his images of a city struggling to get back on its feet nearly four years after Huthi forces were pushed out.

Also available in العربية

Five Steps to Save Yemen’s Stockholm Agreement

The Stockholm Agreement, though imprecise, offers a real shot at building a peace process for war-ravaged Yemen. But the accord is faltering amid mutual recriminations. The UN, and the wider international community, should act now to make sure the combatants follow through on their commitments.

Making Yemen’s Hodeida Deal Stick

On 17 December, the UN announced a ceasefire in the contested governorate of Hodeida. Thus far, after some initial wobbling, it has held. In this Q&A, Crisis Group’s senior Yemen analyst Peter Salisbury unpacks the ceasefire and assesses its prospects.

After Progress in Sweden, Yemen Needs a UN Security Council Resolution

Talks in Sweden between the warring parties in Yemen may be yielding positive results. But the UN Security Council should not wait for an outcome to applaud. It should pass a new resolution now protecting the key port of Hodeida to ward off approaching famine.