Osamah Al Rawhani

About Osamah

Osamah Al Rawhani is the deputy executive director of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies. He is an expert in the field of peace and conflict resolution, and has worked to advance community development and civic participation in Yemen through numerous initiatives, programs and civil society organizations.

For the past decade, Al Rawhani has been actively engaged in peace efforts in Yemen. He currently leads several track 1.5 and track II initiatives that bring together Yemeni actors from political parties, tribal groups, local leaders, and economic stakeholders. He was heavily involved in initiatives to build peace and advance community engagement and citizen participation in the country’s political transition process after the 2011 uprising.

As a researcher, Al Rawhani’s work focuses on issues related to rebuilding states and post-conflict peace-building. He is a regular commentator on Yemeni affairs for Arabic and English media such as Al-Jazeera and BBC Arabic, among others.

He is a Chevening alumnus and holds a master’s degree in public policy from the School of Policy Studies at the University of Bristol.

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Redefining What Peace in Yemen Means and How to Achieve it

July 16, 2021
Yemenis are losing hope that the warring parties are capable of reaching a peace agreement that can pave the way for a new political transition proces…

Houthi Coronavirus Coverup Unleashes Death, Suffering as Yemen Marks Eid

May 22, 2020
The COVID-19 virus is rapidly spreading in northern Yemen and the response of Houthi authorities – to publicly deny this reality and silence those who…

Transitional Government in Post-Conflict Yemen

August 5, 2019
By: Rafat Al-Akhali, Osamah Al-Rawhani, Anthony Biswell This policy brief offers recommendations to maximize the effectiveness of governance in …

The Need to Build State Legitimacy in Yemen

September 30, 2018
The ongoing conflict in Yemen has severely strained state legitimacy in the country. Legitimacy, a key component of state sovereignty, reflect…

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