The Sana’a Center Organizes International Media Visit to Shabwa

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies organized a visit by an international press delegation to Yemen’s Shabwa governorate during the second week of November, bringing senior correspondents from North American and European print and broadcast media including Le Monde, the Los Angeles Times, El Pais, Der Spiegel, The Times, and others. The seven-day trip included meetings with the Shabwa governor, senior security chiefs, members of the local Shabwa authority, local political parties’ representatives, families of detainees, women’s activists, representatives of local NGOs, and Ethiopian and Somali migrants, as well as an evening desert gathering with tribal sheikhs. In an attempt… Continue reading…

Future Generations: Voices of Yemeni Youth

Four leading Yemeni youth activists held an interactive online discussion with UK Minister for the Middle East and North Africa MP James Cleverly on November 16, 2020.  Hosted by the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office in collaboration with the Sana’a Center Youth initiative (Yemen Peace Forum) and the Yemeni Youth Platform for Peace, the event aimed to provide a platform for Yemen’s youth to share their views and experiences on the conditions of their country that has been at war since 2014.  Youth and children make up over 60 percent of the Yemeni population, and any attempt by warring parties… Continue reading…

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…

The Sixth Yemen Exchange – An Intensive Online Course on Yemen

The fourth Yemen Exchange The Sixth Yemen Exchange is an abbreviated intensive online version of the Yemen Exchange organized by the Sana’a Center and The Exchange Foundation. The course is designed to provide unique access to information, perspectives, updates and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country as well as those already thoroughly versed in its dynamics. During the ten-day program conducted online, participants from around the world will listen to Yemeni analysts, academics, politicians, bureaucrats, business leaders and international experts to gain insight and rare first-hand knowledge about the country from a wide range… 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…

The Yemen Exchange – An Intensive Online Course on Yemen

The participants of the fourth Yemen Exchange The Fifth Yemen Exchange is an abbreviated intensive online version of the Yemen Exchange organized by the Sana’a Center and The Exchange Foundation. The course is designed to provide unique access to information, perspectives, updates and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country as well as those already thoroughly versed in its dynamics. During the five-day program conducted online, participants from around the world will listen to Yemeni analysts, academics, politicians, bureaucrats, business leaders and international experts to gain insight and a rare first-hand knowledge about the country from a wide range… 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…

Second Forum on Local Peace Building Efforts in Shabwa and Al-Mahra concludes

Local Peace Building Efforts 2  The second Shabwa and Al-Mahra Strategic Forum, hosted by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Oxford Research Group, was held February 1 – 3, 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The forum discussed methodologies for strategic planning and mechanisms to bolster peace efforts on a national level in Yemen, and in the Shabwa and Al-Mahra governorates in particular. Thirty participants from both governorates were present at the forum, during which they identified priorities to support and strengthen the role of local authorities in meeting the citizens’ needs in their respective areas. Sana’a Center Executive Director Maged al-Madhaji said that the forum is… Continue reading…

Abdulghani Al-Iryani Joins the Sana’a Center

The Sana'a Center is pleased to announce that prominent Yemeni analyst and researcher, Abdulghani Al-Iryani, has joined the Center's team as a senior researcher as of January 2020. With more than three decades of political and development research experience, Al-Iryani’s work will focus on the peace process, conflict analysis and transformations of the Yemeni state. Prior to joining the Sana’a Center, Al-Iryani worked with the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen (OSESGY) and with the United Nations Development Programme’s mission in Hudaydah. He has conducted research on constitutional reform, anti-corruption, governance, government capacity, state-building, and… Continue reading…

REPORT LAUNCHING EVENT: A Gendered Crisis: Understanding the Experiences of Yemen’s War

On Sunday December 15, 2019, the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Swedish Embassy held a report launching event at the Rotana Hotel in Amman, Jordan. A Gendered Crisis: Understanding the Experiences of Yemen’s War explores how gender norms have shaped Yemenis’ experience of conflict, and how conflict is reshaping gender norms in Yemen. The report presents the results of a two-year nationwide study by the Sana’a Center, funded by the Swedish Foreign Ministry. It examines the impact of the economic crisis on women and men, the gendered consequences of the conflict on Yemen’s youth and the perceived… Continue reading…