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Abdulghani Al-Iryani

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.

Prior to joining the Sana’a Center, Al-Iryani worked with the United Nations in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen and with the United Nations Development Programme’s mission in Hudaydah, as well as with the World Bank on issues related to the conflict in Yemen. He has conducted research on constitutional reform, anti-corruption, governance, government capacity, state-building, and conflict management and resolution as well as social and economic development.

Since the 1980s, Al-Iryani has consulted for a number of international organizations, including UN agencies, the World Bank, DFID, GIZ, USAID and AUSAID. His volunteer work includes co-founding and serving as president of TAWQ, a political NGO advocating democracy. He also served on the Advisory Board of Human Rights Watch MENA Region.

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An Unneighborly Rapport: How Yemeni-Saudi Relations Went Astray

December 24, 2021
The Taif Treaty between North Yemen and Saudi Arabia ended the 1934 war between the two states and led to the Saudi annexation of the disputed provinc…

The Houthis’ Fatal Military Success

October 13, 2021
Seven years into the Yemen war, nearly everyone has come to accept what was obvious from the start: foreign military interventions carry within them t…

Improving Relations Between Central State Institutions and Local Authorities

September 30, 2021
Local councils are responsible for spearheading development projects and providing basic public services to Yemen’s population of more than 30 milli…

Marib and the Closing Bell of the Yemen War

March 19, 2021
As fighting intensified in Marib during the month of February, along with signs of escalation on other fronts across the country, I am hopeful. The ri…

UAE Keeps Friends Close and Saudi Arabia Closer in Yemen

December 18, 2020
Yemenis often puzzle over the role the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plays in Yemen. Today, the main source of confusion stems from Emirati actions in th…

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