Earlier this year, President Joe Biden announced that “the war in Yemen must end”, sending a clear message that the United States will stop supporting the Saudi-led war in Yemen. This begs the question of what the future holds for Yemen. To see the future, we need to go back to the past and analyse the present.
For almost 7 years now a civil war has been waged in Yemen, leaving approximately 100,000 people dead since 2015 and 24 million people in need of assistance. The war may have started out as a domestic affair between the internationally recognised Hadi government and the Houthi rebels, and along with the Southern Separatist Movement (SSM) opened Yemen to a proxy war for other regional power States. With Saudi Arabia supporting the Hadi government, the United Arab Emirates supporting the SSM and the Houthis being presumably supported by Iran, the complicated civil war became even more obscure and messy when considered within its regional context.
Nevertheless, the one truth that cannot be denied is that Yemen is a failed state representing the biggest humanitarian crisis of today. Yet, it has not received the same amount of media attention as neighboring conflicts. Therefore, we are delighted to invite our three distinguished guest speakers: Ms. Helen Lackner, author of ‘Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State’; Dr. Joost Hiltermann, Program Director of Middle East and North Africa at Crisis Group Brussels; and Mr. Peter-Derrek Hof, the Dutch Ambassador to Yemen, to discuss the complexities, the humanitarian crisis and the future of Yemen’s civil war.
If you want to learn more about the background and wider context of this conflict, make sure
to join our Webinar on the war in Yemen.
When: June 10, 8pm-9pm
The webinar will be held via zoom. Registration is required via: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/7116217788962/WN_TeWYkSErTcCU8NwHqLDOrg