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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Beyond the Headlines podcast: Understanding the war in Yemen

This week, Oxford University academic Elisabeth Kendall talks host Naser Al Wasmi through the war in Yemen, and we speak to Etihad Airways' first female pilot

A pro-government fighter at Yemen's Red Sea port of Mokha, where the Saudi-led coalition supporting the government is building cranes to speed up deliveries of humanitarian aid. Saleh Al Obeidi / AFP / February 9, 2017
A pro-government fighter at Yemen's Red Sea port of Mokha, where the Saudi-led coalition supporting the government is building cranes to speed up deliveries of humanitarian aid. Saleh Al Obeidi / AFP / February 9, 2017

This week, Yemen might be approaching the first step towards a peace agreement in the three-year war. We use poetry to understand what that means. Oxford University academic Elisabeth Kendall also gives us an idea of how Yemen could be understood through tribal lines.

Then, host Naser Alwasmi speaks to reporter Mina Al Droubi to get an understanding of how ISIL exists in Iraq and how the battle against the caliphate is being used as a political tool for Prime Minister Haidar Al Abadi to guarantee success in the upcoming elections.

Finally, ahead of Emirati Women’s Day, we interview Etihad Airways' first female pilot Salma Al Baloushi, a UAE pioneer.

Beyond the Headlines is The National's weekly look at current affairs in the Middle East and abroad. Follow us on iTunes.