The Ethiopia-Somaliland port deal has raised tensions in a geopolitical game that also involves China, Djibouti, Egypt, Somalia, and the UAE.
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.
Houthi attacks in the Red Sea are making it harder and more expensive to ship parts across the globe to support EV production in Europe.
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.
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.
The U.S.-led anti-Houthi naval task force faces significant operational challenges, including few warships for a large area and short missile warning times.