What Happened to Yemen?

March 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...

5 Years After Arab Spring, Where Now for Yemen?

February 23, 2016

The hopes and dreams of Yemen’s youth have been crushed. Omar Mashjari explains. “Where will we be five years from now?” was the question that Yemeni youth had in their minds. The year was 2011 and the days were revolutionary—the Arab Spring in full force. With long-standing dictators...

The Next Step in Yemen’s War

April 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...

Yemen: Seeds of Conflict, Ground of Transition

April 18, 2015

The deeper context of Yemen's conflicts must be grasped if a humane solution is to be found, says HRH Prince Hassan of Jordan. During the many crises that have engulfed the Arab region from the occupation of Iraq in 2003 to the latest upheaval in Yemen,  a consistent theme of my analysis has...

Bombing Yemen is Not the Answer

March 28, 2015

Amid poverty and water shortages, bombing Yemen will not solve the country’s problems. The last few days have marked a new distinctive chapter for Yemen’s slow descent into oblivion. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition of the willing continue their attacks on Houthi Shiite rebels and their...

Yemen at a Glance: Politics

June 23, 2014

Yemen’s problems are structural and deeply-rooted in five decades of failed state-building projects.  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...

From Sidi Bouzid to Damascus: The Tragedy of the “Spring”

January 09, 2014

Why have the fruits of the "Arab Spring" not been met? Over one year ago, Casper Wuite and I became published authors when our book, The Arab Uprisings: An Introduction, was released. An incredible feat for the two of us aside, the revolts that swept the Middle East and North Africa from...

Beyond Al-Qaeda, the Real Yemen

August 27, 2013

Not all of Yemen’s challenges have to do with al-Qaeda and terrorism. This month’s unidentified threat that led to the closure of the United States embassy and several US drone strikes around Yemen, has once again shone an international spotlight on the country.  Simply put, as a...

Filming on the Fringe

August 18, 2013

Two female filmmakers from Yemen and Saudi Arabia are using film to fight for change. In the midst of a nascent film industry, a handful of female filmmakers have emerged in the Arabian Peninsula, pioneering film in the region and using it as a tool to fight for change. Saudi Arabia and Yemen both...

The Myth of the “Yemen Model”

June 12, 2013

Misconceptions over the "Arab Spring" lead to flawed analysis and disastrous policies. Thomas Friedman's recent op-ed is a case in point. Shortly following the internationally funded uncontested election in Yemen, a high-ranking western diplomat berated me for not voting. When I...

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