By centering the defense of Palestinians, the Houthis have found a way to discredit their domestic opponents and strengthen their hold on power.
Global warming is making the Northern Sea route a rapidly growing alternative to the Suez for Asia-Europe freight traffic.
Global supply chains have become more important for everyday life since the 1970s, so the impact of the Red Sea disruptions is now much bigger.
Ethiopia’s Gulf of Aden agreement with Somaliland escalates regional tensions and challenges international maritime law.
If the Houthis can force a prolonged diversion of global trade from the Red Sea, most countries will be hit by the economic impact.
The rerouting of ships as a result of Houthi attacks in the Red Sea is causing shipment delays and increasing costs and carbon emissions.
Houthi provocations along the strategic Bab al-Mandeb are low risk and high return. They boost local support for the Houthis and could make the U.S. and Israel more risk-averse.
Container ports are critical to global trade. And seven out of the ten largest container ports in the world are in China.