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About Steven A. Zyck

Steven A. Zyck is a research fellow with the Overseas Development Institute’s (ODI) Humanitarian Policy Group in London, and Co-Editor of Stability: International Journal of Security & Development ( He has been conducting research and advising international stakeholders in Yemen for much of this year.

Articles by Steven A. Zyck

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

What if the Saudis win? Avoiding massive sectarian bloodshed in Yemen

Saudis won’t pull the triggers – AQAP, IS and various Sunni militias will do that – but they and their Sunni and American allies will be politically and morally culpable.

Crisis in Yemen: what the media is getting wrong

It is important to stop perpetuating misconceptions about the current crisis (i.e., that it’s a sectarian conflict or proxy war among Iran and Saudi Arabia) that make for a good – albeit largely unfounded – story.

Pakistan’s democracy on the rocks

Just when many thought Pakistan was finally on the trajectory towards a functioning democratic system, unrest broke out in a number of cities and provided a stark reminder just how fragile the country’s politics remain.

The long road to retaliation: delayed airstrikes in Syria will exacerbate the regional refugee crisis

Rapid, punitive airstrikes two and a half weeks ago, while certainly displacing some Syrians, would have been less likely to lead to larger numbers of refugees.

Al-Shabaab’s theft: humanitarian and security implications

The theft of UK aid in Somalia by the militant group al-Shabaab risks provoking a set of reactionary responses. The humanitarian community must remain committed to addressing the needs of vulnerable populations.

Secessionists and sectarianism: Yemen’s more combustible security crises

In Yemen, there are far more significant sources of conflict with a far greater potential for escalation and loss of life than imminent terrorist attacks by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

A chronology of crisis in the Sahel

Awareness has not necessarily translated into more investment in good governance or poverty-reduction programmes. Instead, the US has supported training of local special forces units in counter-terrorism.

The beginning of the end for Hezbollah? Nasrallah’s strategic mistake

When the Assad regime is ultimately defeated, Hezbollah will have lost the majority of its military hardware, a significant portion of its forces, and its political clout in Lebanon.

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