The Yemen Exchange – An Intensive Course on Yemen

The Second Yemen Exchange is co-hosted by the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) and During the five day program, participants from around the world will listen and engage Yemeni politicians, civil society figures and analysts gaining rare and intensive insight into Yemen, from several differing perspectives. As such, the Exchange is a fundamental part of SCSS’s attempt to increase the content, space and conversations on Yemen with the hope that increased dialogue and understanding will ultimately help to create the conditions for sustainable peace-building ( The effort rests on two tracks:

Professional & Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Yemen and the wider region.

Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Yemen.

October 11-15, 2017 (Hosted in Beirut, Lebanon)

* Application Deadline I September 10/Deadline II October 4
* 30 slots only/Rolling acceptance
* Request a registration form via



NOTE: Accepted applicants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening of the Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.

– Farea al-Muslimi, SCSS
– Maged al-Madhaji, SCSS
– Mansour Rageh, Central Bank of Yemen
– Maysa Shujaa al-Deen, SCSS
– Mustafa Noman, Diplomat and Writer
– Abdulghani al-Eryani, Researcher and Consultant
– Jamila Ali Raja, Former Diplomat and Consultant
– Ammar al-Aulaqi, Deputy Minister of Water and the Environment
– Abdulrahman Al-Ghaberi, Photographer
– Adam Baron, SCSS
– Abdulkareem al-Maqdashi, Tribal Sheikh
– Hamoud al-Sufi, Former Head of Intelligence
– Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
– Abdulrahman al-Saqqaf, Secretary General of the Socialist Party
– Ali Ashal, MP, Islah Party
– Ali Al-Mamri, Governor of Taiz
– Mohammed Azzan, Co-Founder of the Shebab al-Mu’min
– Mohamed Shehab, Businessman
– Fathi Balzraq, Editor in Chief of Aden al-Ghad
– Nabil Munassar, Archeologist
– Ghiadaa Al-Rashidy, Southern Activist
– The Justice and Building Party
– The Houthis

Program Format:

The Second Yemen Exchange will be held over the five days at the conference room of Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Beirut, from 9am until 6pm, October 11-15. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 30. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will allow ample opportunity for question time (translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.


Participation Fee – $900. Note that participation fee discounts are available for participants who wish to attend multiple Exchanges. For more information, please email Furthermore, all our programs are funded on the basis of fees paid by the participants themselves: There is no government, private or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.Accommodation – $115 for a single room per night at the five star Crowne Plaza Hotel under our group booking (breakfast and taxes are included). Shared rooms are also available (we will arrange for sharing with other participants) and are priced at $65 per participant.Airfare – $400, approximate from the European Union.

About the Co-Directors:

Farea Al-Muslimi is chairman and co-founder of Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies and a non-resident fellow at both the Carnegie Middle East Center and Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. Al-Muslimi’s writings and analysis on Yemen and the wider region have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Al-Hayyat, As-Safir, Al-Monitor, as well as several other publications. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him to its list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, and in 2014 The Guardian named Al-Muslimi to its Top 30 under 30 list of young leaders in digital media around the world.

Adam Baron is a co-founder of the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies as well as a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Baron is also a regular commentator on Yemeni affairs for media outlets including Al-Jazeera English, CNN, Foreign Policy and the BBC. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the Yemen correspondent for The Economist, the Christian Science Monitor and McClatchy Newspapers. He holds a bachelor of arts in Religion and Arab Studies from Williams College and a Masters Degree in International Peace and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.

Nicholas Noe recently served as Regional Organizing Director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign in Michigan where he managed the Get Out The Vote (GOTV) operation for the crucial areas of Wayne County and Dearborn City. Previous to this, Mr. Noe lived in Beirut (2004-2016) and in Tunis (2012-2014) where he was a co-editor of the Heinrich Boell Foundation’s journal on the Middle East, Perspectives, and co-founder of the news translation service (2005-Present) covering the Middle East media. He is also the editor of the 2007 book “Voice of Hezbollah: The Statements of Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah” and was a visiting fellow with the European Council on Foreign Relations in 2014. Mr. Noe graduated with honors from Cambridge University (MPhil, International Relations, 2006) where he was elected a scholar of Selwyn College and Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Brown University (1999). The first Exchange was launched by Senior Producer Yamen Soukkarieh and Mr. Noe in Beirut, Lebanon in June 2008. Since that time, more than 600 people from 51 different countries have participated in more than 35 Exchanges.