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The Tenth Yemen Exchange An Intensive Online Course on Yemen

Online via ZOOM

April 22 - May 3, 2024 16:00 - 20:00 Sana'a / 8:00-12:00 EST Monday-Friday

Summary Agenda Speakers Details Fees Partners
Summary Agenda Speakers Details Fees Partners

The Tenth Yemen Exchange is an 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 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 of perspectives. Participants will have the chance to both virtually engage with speakers during the sessions and connect with speakers individually after the Exchange.

The sessions themselves – totaling more than 30 hours – will dive into several specific areas, including but not limited to: Yemen’s multifaceted conflicts, socio-political dynamics, internal divisions and alliances among parties to the conflict, developments in the southern governorates, military and political developments on the ground, the status of various armed groups, gender issues, the regional battle for Yemen, developments in the Red Sea and the global response, the state of the economy, the UN-led peace process, and a variety of other topics.

  • +60 Speakers and facilitators
  • +30 Hours
  • 10 Days
Day One / Monday, April 22
  • 16:00 - 17:30 Sana’a
    Welcome, introduction, and course rules
  • 17:45 - 19:00 Sana’a
    Recent Developments
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    The UN in Yemen
Day Two / Tuesday, April 23
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    The Houthi Movement
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    Political Assassinations in Yemen
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    The Omani Role in Houthi-Saudi Talks
Day Three / Wednesday, April 24
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    The South
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    The Tribes of Yemen
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    Gender-Based Violence
Day Four / Thursday, April 25
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    The Houthi and Tribes
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    Regional Dynamics in Yemen
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    The UN-led peace process
Day Five / Friday, April 26
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    The Political Economy of War
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    Salafi Movements in Yemen
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    Yemen’s Oral Culture
Day Six / Monday, April 29
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    Yemen and the Red Sea region
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    Adapting to Climate Change
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    The Iran-Houthi Relationship
Day Seven / Tuesday, April 30
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    Al-Qaeda in Yemen
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    Yemen’s Power Sector
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    Houthi Weaponry and Smuggling
Day Eight / Wednesday, May 01
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    Private Sector and Economic Recovery
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    Military Factions on the Tihamah Coast
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    The Yemeni Women’s Union
Day Nine / Thursday, May 02
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    Environment and Architecture
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    The Impact of War on Children
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    A Saudi Perspective
Day Ten / Friday, May 03
  • 16:00 - 17:15 Sana’a
    Political Representative Session
  • 17:30 - 18:45 Sana’a
    Political Representative Session
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Sana’a
    Debrief and Evaluation
Selected speakers

Please note that to ensure the safety of our speakers, many of whom will be participating from within Yemen, certain names will only be announced to accepted applicants.

  • Abdulghani Al-Iryani
    Abdulghani Al-Iryani Senior researcher, Sana’a Center
  • Abeer Al-Eryani
    Abeer Al-Eryani Postdoctoral fellow, American University
  • Alexandra Stark
    Alexandra Stark Associate Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation
  • Bilqis Al-Lahabi
    Bilqis Al-Lahabi Researcher, Sana’a Center
  • Elana DeLozier
    Elana DeLozier President of The Sage Institute for Foreign Affairs
  • Fabian Hinz
    Fabian Hinz Research fellow, IISS
  • Farea Al-Muslimi
    Farea Al-Muslimi Research fellow, Chatham House
  • Gerald M. Feierstein
    Gerald M. Feierstein Former US Ambassador to Yemen
  • Helen Lackner
    Helen Lackner Non-resident fellow, Sana’a Center
  • Hussam Radman
    Hussam Radman Researcher, Sana’a Center
  • Maged Al-Madhaji
    Maged Al-Madhaji Co-founder and Chairperson, Sana’a Center
  • Marieke Brandt
    Marieke Brandt Senior researcher, ISA
  • Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen
    Maysaa Shuja Al-Deen Senior researcher, Sana’a Center
  • Musaed Aklan
    Musaed Aklan Senior researcher, Sana’a Center
  • Nadwa Al-Dawsari
    Nadwa Al-Dawsari Non-resident scholar, Middle East Institute
  • Peter Salisbury
    Peter Salisbury Analyst and World Bank consultant
  • Samira Al-Shawesh
    Samira Al-Shawesh Associate Professor, Sana’a University
  • Sawsan Al-Refaei
    Sawsan Al-Refaei Public policy and advocacy expert
  • Taimur Khan
    Taimur Khan Conflict Armament Research
  • Thomas Juneau
    Thomas Juneau Associate Professor, University of Ottawa

All costs related to The Yemen Exchange are funded by participant fees, except for scholarships provided by both organizations (see below). There is no supplementary government or private sector support, a fact that allows us to assure participants of a relatively independent platform for the exchange of information, open dialogue, and understanding.

All sessions are held under the Chatham House Rule, with some sessions consisting of only one speaker in order to assure as open and unfiltered a discussion as possible when covering sensitive topics. Simultaneous translation to English and Arabic will be provided.

Before the course begins, accepted applicants will receive a course syllabus and the final agenda. Throughout the course, necessary agenda updates will be communicated with the participants on a daily basis. Participants are encouraged to connect with experts and speakers after the sessions, to pursue deeper lines of questioning for their own work and research, subject to each speaker’s approval.

Applying for a scholarship – The Yemen Exchange currently has five scholarships (covering the participation fee) available for researchers who will deepen the social, political and geographic diversity of the Exchange and who can demonstrate both a lack of institutional support or ability to self-fund, and a deep interest in Yemen. For questions related to scholarships, email [email protected].

Participation Fees
1800 $
For governments & for-profit companies
1200 $
For NGOs, non-profit & UN organizations
500 $
For freelance journalists, unaffiliated researchers & academics
For the recipients of five available scholarships

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Deadline April 07, 2024

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