Fernando Carvajal

Fernando Carvajal is a PhD candidate in Arab and Islamic Studies at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. He has over 14 years of experience conducting field work in Yemen and is a specialist in Yemeni politics and tribal relations.

What Happened to Yemen?

Mar 04, 2016

Political infighting and violence have plagued Yemen since the Arab Spring began in December 2010. The hopes and aspirations of Yemen’s youth have dissipated into a near permanent state of war. Five years on from the electrifying momentum toward change sweeping through the Arab world’s poorest nation, an entrenched stalemate...

The Next Step in Yemen’s War

Apr 30, 2015

Who is likely to lead a ground offensive in Yemen? Despite Saudi Arabia declaring an end to Operation Decisive Storm, victory still seems elusive for either side in Yemen as the Saudi-led coalition continues to bomb targets and exerts efforts to coordinate local ground forces. The air campaign has eliminated a...

Oman Could Hold the Key in Yemen

Apr 02, 2015

Oman could serve as a crucial mediator for the conflict in Yemen, where dialogue presents the only way forward.   As the conflict in Yemen has taken a turn for the worse, observers believe Saudi Arabia’s military response to calls for assistance by Yemeni President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi has eliminated...

Yemen Faces Uncertainty After Government Resigns

Jan 28, 2015

Yemen’s future remains unclear, with regional and international repercussions likely. Although the impact of recent events in Yemen, driven by a brazen rise to power by northern Houthi rebels, has already been felt at the national and international level, it is yet to fully unravel. For observers inside and outside Yemen,...

The Yemen Crisis Explained

Nov 04, 2014

What does the current turmoil in Yemen mean for the future of the country? Yemen, often in the headlines for US drone strikes and al-Qaeda’s most active franchise, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), has received heightened media attention for a different reason, a successful military advance by northern Houthi...

Yemen at a Glance: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula

Jul 29, 2014

Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has gained a new sense of empowerment from its relations with ISIS. The Yemeni army launched military operations in the southern provinces of Abyan and Shebwa on April 28, in order to thwart the resurgence of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and its affiliate,...

Yemen at a Glance: Houthi Rebels and Southern Secession

Jul 22, 2014

President Hadi continues to face mounting security challenges amid Houthi rebels and southern secessionists. Challenges posed by Islamist militants are among a myriad of threats to Yemen’s stability. President Abdo Rabbo Mansour Hadi, however, continues to face mounting challenges on two other fronts: the northern province of Amran and the...

Yemen at a Glance: Politics

Jun 23, 2014

Yemen’s problems are structural and deeply-rooted in five decades of failed state-building projects. [Read part one here.] Much elation over the transition from Ali Abdullah Saleh’s rule has long dissipated, replaced now by local and international acknowledgment of the failure to strengthen the foundations of this transition. The agreement not only allowed...

Yemen at a Glance: The Economy

Jun 12, 2014

Yemen’s problems are structural and deeply-rooted in five decades of failed state-building projects. According to the 2011 political transition agreement sponsored by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), 2014 was to become a milestone in Yemen’s history. Often lauded as a model for post-Arab Spring transitions, the political process promised competitive...

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