The Sixth Yemen Exchange Launches

The participants of the fourth Yemen Exchange The Sixth Yemen Exchange launched its two-week online program on August 3, 2020, bringing together over 50 participants from around the world who aim to gain unique access to information, perspectives, updates and analysis on Yemen.    The opening session hosted Sana'a Center Executive Director Majed al-Madhaji and Senior Researcher Abdulghani al-Iryani who gave a deep dive into the political alliances, divisions and conflicts within Yemen.    The Exchange sessions, which will run between August 3 and August 14, total more than 25 hours and will present over 30 different Yemeni analysts, academics, politicians, bureaucrats, business leaders and international experts who will… Continue reading…

Yemen Economic Bulletin: Another Stage-Managed Fuel Crisis

By The Sana'a Center Economic Unit The images are familiar by now: Yemenis in Houthi-controlled territory queue at fuel stations, amid announced shortages. Meanwhile, fuel tankers build up in the Coalition Holding Area (CHA), located in international waters in the Red Sea offshore of Jizan, Saudi Arabia. The number of ships awaiting approval from the government and the Saudi-led coalition to proceed to Houthi-controlled Hudaydah port reaches the proportions of a small flotilla. Combined, these images would seem to tell a simple and compelling story: the Saudi-led coalition and Yemeni government are preventing fuel from entering Hudaydah to spite… Continue reading…

Hadi Must Go

Yemeni President Abdo Rabbu Mansour Hadi is doing his best to prevent an end to the conflict in Yemen. Ensuring that last year’s Riyadh Agreement – meant to mend divisions with his rivals in southern Yemen – never gets implemented is only his latest venture in this regard. Hadi’s tenure has been a case study in parasitic statesmanship, in which only his amoral pursuit of riches and self-preservation has been able to rise above his ineptitude. During his presidency, now in its ninth year, he has overseen Yemen’s steady dissolution from a nation hoping to transition to democracy post-Arab… Continue reading…

Al-Iryani Urges US to Invest Diplomatic Capital in Securing Peace in Yemen

Abdulghani Al-Iryani is a senior researcher at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies where he focuses on the peace process, conflict analysis and transformations of the Yemeni state. Al-Iryani has more than three decades of experience as a political and development consultant. Editor’s Note: Sana’a Center Senior Researcher Abdulghani Al-Iryani was invited April 28, 2020 to e-brief the Subcommittee on the Middle East, North Africa, and International Terrorism, a panel of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Committee on Foreign Affairs. These are his prepared remarks: Thank you Chairman Deutch, Ranking Member Wilson, and Members of the Subcommittee, for inviting me… Continue reading…

Sana’a Center Non-Resident Fellowships — Applications Open

The Sana’a Center is seeking to expand its network of non-resident fellows in an effort to further explore relations and ties between Yemen and the global community. At this time, we are particularly looking for applicants with a special interest in Russia, Latin America, the Horn of Africa or Malaysia. Non-resident fellowships with the Sana’a Center are uniquely designed positions for experts on specific countries or topics. Priority will be given to Yemenis, but non-Yemenis with an exceptional interest in and commitment to Yemen are encouraged to apply.  A successful non-resident candidate is expected to meet the following criteria: Have… Continue reading…