From Grievances to War - An Analysis of the Houthi Movement Transformation

Wiktoria Jablonska, Maria Goth Greve, Mai Thuy Søgaard Christensen, Olivia Post Kreutzmann & Anna Patricia Singankutti

Studenteropgave: Fagmodulprojekt


The ongoing conflict in Yemen has resulted in the worst man-made humanitarian crisis in the world, with widespread shortages of food and water, outbreaks of deadly diseases, lack of adequate healthcare and millions of people in need of humanitarian aid. There is a high urgency to understand the conflict dynamics, but so far the focus of much academic literature revolved around the external dynamics and not sufficient attention has been given to the domestic conflict actors. This project investigates the role of the Houthi movement by examining the processes and mechanisms that led to its transformation in the conflict environment. In order to determine which causes influenced the transition, the project applies the explaining-outcome process tracing approach to the analysis of the collected data, informed by the theoretical CPVT model developed by Kevin E. Grisham. Besides revealing that the Houthi movement transformed into a hybrid of a political and militant organization, the analysis has revealed potential causes of its transformation, such as lack of significant influence on the Yemeni political order, human and material resource support from other actors and the lack of compromise on their beliefs.

UddannelserInternationale Studier, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor
Antal sider55
VejledereAhmad Wesal Zaman