Murphy was headed this week to Oman, Qatar and Jordan to discuss political solutions to the war in Yemen.
As President Joe Biden prepares to wave goodbye to his first 100-day stretch, those in the realist and restraint community are at least breathing a sigh of relief—things could be better, but they could also be worse.
There must also be a structured, incentivized approach to deescalating the conflict, based not on mere good will (which seldom works with terror groups), but on a stick-and-carrot approach.
Drones don't discriminate between adults and children, or between enemies and allies.
The new ceasefire deal could, if accepted, end almost six years of war that has killed more than 233,000 people.
Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have stepped up attacks on Saudi Arabia as the White House pushes for a diplomatic solution.
"IEDs are still a blind spot of the international community despite the IED having been the defining weapon for over 20 years since the 9/11 attacks," Action on Armed Violence's Iain Overton told Newsweek. "It's not getting better, it's getting worse."
"It's gotten close to a billion people out of poverty over the last 40 years, and given the economic challenges in the Middle East, there is a lot to like about the thinking of the Chinese model," Princeton University's Michael Robbins told Newsweek.
The escalation is background music intended to produce the right mood of American trepidation.
By ending the war in Yemen and supporting diplomacy, the Biden administration would be "opening the door to re-engaging with Iran on a full range of issues, including the nuclear file," former U.S. ambassador to Yemen Gerald Feierstein told Newsweek.
The Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen said the attack set a passenger jet on fire and constituted a "war crime."
The U.S. armed drone program often relies on imprecise intelligence to take strikes far from traditional battlefields.
Along with China and Russia, Saudi Arabia has an appalling human rights record and to deny this does Paul Casey no credit.
The president has promised to re-evaluate ties with the Saudi royal family, ending tacit U.S. backing for the war and the kingdom's human rights abuses.
"Today marks the beginning of a new era in our foreign policy," Representative Ro Khanna said.
Newsweek spoke with representatives of Yemen's internationally-recognized government-in-exile and Ansar Allah rebel group, who have opposing opinions on the fate of the country.
"This will address all the negative humanitarian and military effects and will allow the Yemeni political process to begin," Ansar Allah spokesperson Mohammed Abdul Salam told Newsweek.
Drones in the hands of terror groups like Hezbollah or Hamas, or other Iranian-backed groups like the Houthis, can spread havoc.
The new president has vowed to reassess ties with what he has termed a "pariah" regime and its ruling royal family.
From Yemen to China and Taiwan, the departing administration is doing all it can to hamstring its successor's diplomats.
"Those who practice terrorism are those who attack us and our country for six years, especially the United States of America, which has been running this war," Ansar Allah Deputy Information Secretary Nasreddin Amer told Newsweek.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday the new designation would come into force one day before President-Elect Joe Biden takes office.
Newsweek looks at five of the most-affected nations by the Arab Spring—Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Syria and Yemen—on the anniversary of Tunisian street vendor Mohamed Bouazizi's death that helped spark a regional revolt with mixed results.
Newsweek spoke to rival Yemeni factions and an Iranian official about the suspected cause behind a deadly attack that struck Aden International Airport as a new unity government arrived by plane.
"It does not require intelligence or analysis to know that whoever undertook the criminal terrorist act by bombing Aden airport is the same one who undertook the aggression against Yemen six years ago," a presidential adviser to the Houthi-led coalition said.