Document Type : Research Paper


1 Professor, Political Sciences Department, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph. D Candidate in International Relations, Islamic Azad University, Science and Research Branch, Iran


This article tends to explain the reasons behind the Saudi invasion of Yemen in March 2015. The authors argue that contrary to the current conventional perception among some Middle Eastern researchers, the Yemen-Saudi relations have been less friendly but endemic with continuous tension and conflict. This historical distrust has increased the recent level of tension between the two. The main hypothesis presented here is that a three lateral model in which geopolitics, domestic crisis milieu and international politics are the main composing variables, can present a better explanation of the Saudi invasion. On the basis of such framework, the authors start with the historical tensions of Saudi and Yemen, then concentrate on the main three explanatory variables.


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