Victor Bouemar Dinocheau and Adriaan Duiveman at Rockets over the Red Sea: Intervention in Yemen | Current Affairs Lecture
Victor Bouemar Dinocheau and Adriaan Duiveman at Rockets over the Red Sea: Intervention in Yemen | Current Affairs Lecture

Missiles over the Red Sea: Intervention in Yemen | Current Affairs Lecture with conflict studies scholar and former naval officer Victor Bouemar Dinocheau

Yemen, Houthis, attacks at the Red Sea, counter attacks by the US and its allies. What is exactly going on in this destabilized region? And what are the consequences? Are the Dutch dragged into a war? Learn from conflict studies scholar Victor Boueamar Dinocheau about the escalating tensions in the Red Sea. Before working in Nijmegen, Bouemar Dinocheau was a French naval officer on the Red Sea.

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Victor Bouemar Dinocheau at  Rockets over the Red Sea: Intervention in Yemen | Current Affairs Lecture with conflict studies scholar and former naval officer Victor Bouemar Dinocheau
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Yemen, Houthis, attacks at the Red Sea, counter attacks by the US and its allies. What is exactly going on in this destabilized region? And what are the consequences? Are the Dutch dragged into a war? Come and learn from conflict studies scholar Victor Bouemar Dinocheau about the escalating tensions in the Red Sea. Before working in Nijmegen, Bouemar Dinocheau was a French naval officer on the Red Sea.

No other choice 

US president Biden claimed he had no other choice than retaliation. Yemenite Houthis fired rockets at oil tankers and naval ships in the Red Sea. In the night of Thursday 11 January, UK and US answered with fighter jets. Yemenite Houthi bases and drone launch pads were bombed. Why do the Houthis seek out conflict now? 

Proxy war

The war in Yemen started 2014, when Houthi forces conquered the country’s capital, Sanaa. The old regime has tried to retake the country since, without much success. Both parties are backed by bigger regional players: the old regime received air support by Saoudi Arabia, the Houthis get their rockets and drones from Iran. In Yemen, Saoudi Arabia and Iran are fighting a proxy war. Meanwhile, at least 21 million Yemenites lack food and medicine.

Dragged into a war? 

The interventions of the US and the UK open up a new episode in the war in Yemen. Thus far, their attacks did not kill many soldiers and spared civilian lives. It was a ‘chirurgical operation’, according to Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte. For a trading country, he argued, it was essential to support the US in keeping the busy Red Sea sea routes safe. Nonetheless, the strikes could be the start of a larger conflict in an already destabilized region, military experts worry. Are the Dutch dragged into a new war? 

This current affairs lecture is in English. 

About the speaker

Victor Bouemar Dinocheau is a conflict studies scholar at Radboud University. He investigates operations of rebel groups. Before working in Nijmegen, Bouemar Dinocheau was an officer in the French navy and was employed by NATO. He also participated in military operations on the Red Sea.

This is a program of Radboud Reflects and Vox.

 

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