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 […]

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 […]

The Sixth Yemen Exchange Launches

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 […]

The Sixth Yemen Exchange – An Intensive Online Course on Yemen

The Sixth Yemen Exchange is an abbreviated intensive online version of the Yemen Exchange organized by the Sana’a Center and The Exchange Foundation.

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 […]

The Yemen Exchange – An Intensive Online Course on Yemen

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 […]

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 […]

The Sana’a Center is seeking a Media and Communications Officer

**This position has been filled and applications are no longer being accepted** The Sana’a Center is seeking a full-time Media and Communications Officer. As an independent Yemeni research center we occupy the unique position of being headquartered in Sana’a, operating in all areas of Yemen, and maintaining access with almost all local, regional and international […]

The Sana’a Center is Hiring a Head of Operations

**This position has been filled and applications are no longer being accepted** The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is seeking a full-time Head of Operations.  As Head of Operations, the selected candidate will work closely with the deputy executive director, project managers, partners, administration and financial teams. Primary duties would involve coordinating and supervising  programmatic […]

The Sana’a Center is Seeking a Full-Time Translator

**This position has been filled and applications are no longer being accepted** The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is seeking a full-time Arabic-to-English/English-to-Arabic Translator. As an independent Yemeni research center, we occupy the unique position of being headquartered in Sana’a, operating in all areas of Yemen, and maintaining access with almost all local, regional and […]

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

(Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) 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 […]

Abdulghani Al-Iryani Joins the Sana’a Center

Yemen’s prominent analyst and researcher, Abdulghani Al-Iryani, joins the Sana’a Center 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.

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.

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

The first Shabwa and Al-Mahra Strategic Forum, hosted by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Oxford Research Group, was held December 4 – 6, 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The Fourth Yemen Exchange Conference Concludes

 (Beirut, Lebanon) – The fourth Yemen Exchange conference, hosted by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, was held October 21-26, 2019, in Beirut, Lebanon. The conference offered a platform for a diverse range of Yemeni speakers and foreign experts to present their views and expertise on Yemen-related subjects and recent developments. Over 30 Yemeni speakers […]

SANA’A CENTER CONDEMNS DEPORTATION OF ITS RESEARCHERS FROM BAHRAIN

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies strongly condemns the deportation of two of its researchers, Farea al-Muslimi and Sama’a al-Hamdani from Bahrain. The International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) invited Hamdani and Muslimi as independent Yemen specialists to participate in this weekend’s Manama Dialogue (October 30-31).

THE SANA’A CENTER CONDEMNS THE ARREST OF EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR MAGED AL-MADHAJI

On the morning of July 24, 2016, the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies’ Executive Director, Maged Al-Madhaji, was arrested at his home by security forces loyal to the Houthi rebel movement. Madhaji, one of Yemen’s most prominent intellectuals, was taken to Al-Wahda police station and interrogated, before being released later in the day.

Sana’a Center seeks lead researcher for year-long mental health study in Yemen

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS), in coordination with the Human Rights Clinic (HRC) at Columbia Law School, seeks a Yemen-based Lead Researcher to head a year-long multidisciplinary study on the psychological impacts of war on individuals, families and communities in Yemen.
This study is to form the basis of a domestic and international advocacy strategy to advance the human rights, dignity, security, access to care, and social, economic and political inclusion of people enduring the mental health repercussions of the war in Yemen.

TRUMP’S VISA BAN HARMS FAMILIES AND WAR VICTIMS, DAMAGES CRUCIAL EDUCATION AND RESEARCH EFFORTS

President Donald Trump’s Executive Order banning entry into the United States for people from seven Muslim-majority countries is discriminatory, and will force families apart, deny refuge to persons escaping war and persecution, end education opportunities for students, and damage critical international research, say advocates at the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, a leading Yemeni think tank.

Sana’a Center is seeking interns

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) is seeking communications, editorial and research interns to assist in its expansion of operations in Sana’a, Beirut, Washington D.C. and New York. Remote work is a possibility.

Rethinking Yemen’s Economy

The European Union and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Yemen are proud to announce the launch of a new initiative to identify the economic and development priorities in Yemen. The initiative is implemented through a partnership between DeepRoot Consulting, Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) and the Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient (CARPO)

The Yemen Exchange

The first Yemen Exchange conference, co-hosted by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Mideast Wire, took place April 12 – 16 in Beirut, Lebanon.
Participants included diplomats, security experts, scholars and journalists from around Europe, North America, the Middle East and China, who were brought together with a wide spectrum of Yemeni experts, actors and thought leaders – including current and former ministers, general secretaries of political parties, diplomats, bureaucrats, economists, historians and tribal leaders – representing the various warring parties in Yemen’s ongoing war and a diverse array of local power brokers from across the country.

UN Security Council must act to end man-made humanitarian crisis in Yemen

We the undersigned organisations call upon UN Security Council members to take action to bring about an immediate ceasefire in Yemen, end the humanitarian crisis and support the UN Special Envoy’s efforts towards an inclusive political solution to the conflict.

Dramatic Increase in Lethal Strikes in Yemen Under Trump, Urgent Need for Greater Transparency and Accountability

NEW YORK, June 13, 2017 –The U.S. government must take urgent steps to account for the hundreds of reported civilian deaths it has caused over more than a decade in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen, said the Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, in a comprehensive report released today covering 15 years of U.S. counterterrorism strikes.

The Yemen Exchange – October 11-15, 2017

The second Yemen Exchange conference, co-hosted by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Mideast Wire, took place October 11 – 15 in Beirut, Lebanon.

Sana’a Center organizes unprecedented international press visit to Yemen

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies organized an international press delegation visit to Yemen’s Marib governorate during the first week of November, including senior correspondents from North American and European print and broadcast media.

The Sana’a Center is seeking policy and advocacy interns

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) has an immediate opening for a policy and advocacy intern to assist in the expansion of its Washington D.C. operations. Remote work is a possibility.

Serious Risk of Mental Health Crisis in Yemen, Say Experts

Yemenis face serious mental health risks, but the issue is being neglected, says a new study released today by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, Columbia Law School’s Human Rights Clinic, and the Mailman School of Public Health. The groups announced the start of a groundbreaking new joint project to research and improve mental health in Yemen.

The Third Yemen Exchange: An Intensive Course on Yemen

The Yemen Exchange is an intensive course offered by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (Sana’a Center) in partnership with MiddleEastWire.com. Held in Beirut, Lebanon, the course is designed to provide unique access to information and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country and those already well versed in Yemeni dynamics. During the six-day program

International Neglect Fuels Risk of Mental Health Crisis in Yemen

Yemenis face serious mental health risks due to war-related trauma exposure, but the issue is being neglected by both domestic authorities and the international community, warn experts from the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, and Columbia University’s Human Rights Clinic and Mailman School of Public Health.

The Sana’a Center is Seeking Interns

Yemen The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies announces immediate openings for research interns based inside Yemen. The Sana’a Center will produce policy papers regarding post-conflict state building that would provide a reliable source of information to guide the strategic policy-making related to Yemen. The interns will have the opportunity to be part of this project […]

Our Turn: Four Years of Growth, Shaping Debate on Yemen

Distinguished readers, This month marks an anniversary for us at the Sana’a Center: it has been four years since our first publication went online. In that short and intense time, we have grown from what was a spark of an idea in a Yemeni diwan into Yemen’s leading independent research center. We have grown from […]

The Yemen Exchange – An Intensive Course on Yemen

The Yemen Exchange is an intensive course offered by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (Sana’a Center) in partnership with The Exchange. Held in Beirut, Lebanon, the course is designed to provide unique access to information and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country as well as those already thoroughly-versed in Yemeni dynamics. During the six-day program, participants from around the world listen to and engage with Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, civil society actors, tribal figures, business leaders, academics and various Yemen experts to gain insight and critical knowledge about the country from a wide range of perspectives.

The Sana’a Center is Seeking a Full-Time Editor

**This position has been filled and applications are no longer being accepted** The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is expanding its editorial department and is seeking a full-time editor. The editorial department is the hub between the center’s various programs, which currently examine the socioeconomic, political, security, gender, humanitarian, and human rights issues at play […]

Development Champions Forum Concludes Fifth Meeting

Yemen’s Development Champions Forum concluded its fifth meeting on April 29 in Amman, Jordan. Over three days, the Development Champions discussed critical economic issues in Yemen, focusing on the situation of the private sector, removing obstacles to the return of Yemeni capital post-conflict, and priorities to restructure state finances.

Researching Local Peace Prospects in Marib and Hadramawt

The Hadramawt and Marib Strategic Forum held its third meeting in Amman, Jordan on February 24 – 27. The meeting was organized by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Oxford Research Group.

The Sana’a Center Speaks at the High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen

The 2019 High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen brought together 40 countries and dozens of international organizations in Geneva, Switzerland, on February 26. The panel discussion, entitled ‘The Challenges of Food Security and the Role of the Economy’  featured Amal Nasser, non-resident economist at the Sana’a Center, among its speakers. Also speaking […]

Houthis Must Release Awfa Al-Naami Immediately

The undersigned local, regional, and international organizations condemn in the strongest possible terms the unlawful detention of Saferworld Country Director Awfa Al-Naami by Houthi authorities in Sana’a, Yemen. We call for her immediate and unconditional release.

Workshops in Marib and Hadramawt to discuss the provinces’ urgent priorities and issues

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and the Oxford Research Group held a series of workshops in Yemen’s Hadramawt and Marib on January 20-29 to explore opportunities for peace between the two governorates.

Over 50 participants, including academics, activists, local authority representatives and journalists, discussed local issues related to prospects for peace and stability. The workshops drew a high proportion of women.

International Community Must Respond to Mental Health Crisis in Yemen, Say Human Rights Experts

The Columbia Law School Human Rights Clinic and Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies traveled to the UN to bring attention to the grave situation of mental health in Yemen, and to push for improvements in how the Government of Yemen and the international community respond to the mental health needs of Yemenis.

Advertisement for local researchers

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is calling on Yemeni researchers to submit proposals for articles regarding the following topic areas: The UN-led peace process in Yemen; the post-conflict transitional process; US interventions in Yemen.

Civil Society Statement: 10 Priorities for Peace and Justice in Yemen

The undersigned local, regional, and international organizations follow with great concern the military operations across Yemen and the collapsed September 2018 Geneva peace talks. The Yemen war has led to an economic and social collapse, including a currency crisis which puts millions of Yemenis on the verge of famine.

Sana’a Center Condemns arrest of its Executive Director, Maged Al-Madhaji, along with other civil society activists

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) strongly condemns the detention of its Executive Director, Maged Al-Madhaji, by armed forces loyal to the Houthi rebel movement. On Saturday morning, September 19th, Madhaji was arrested at a protest demanding freedom for Yemenis held extrajudicially by the Houthis and their allies, along with journalist Mahmoud Yassin , Bassim Al-Warafi and the founders of Mwatana Organization for Human Rights, Radhya Al-Mutawakel and Abdulrasheed Al-Faqih. Mutawakel has been released. Regretfully, the rest remain in detention.

The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies organizes a visit of the international press to the governorate of Hadramawt

The Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies yesterday concluded an international press delegation visit to Hadramawt in eastern Yemen, where senior correspondents from major global news outlets were briefed on developments in the governorate. During the visit, which took place from September 3-7, 2018, the delegation met former Central Bank of Yemen Governor Mohammed bin Hummam at his home in Ghail Bawazir, where he gave a detailed briefing on the ongoing currency crisis and its impact on the economic and humanitarian situation in the country, as well as ways to address the collapse of the Yemeni rial and through reunifying the CBY.

The Third Yemen Exchange Conference Concludes

The third Yemen Exchange conference, hosted by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies was held in Beirut, Lebanon, from June 26 to July 1, 2018.

An open letter regarding Hudaydah

The Yemen Development Champions discussed the latest developments in Hudaydah governorate while convening for the latest Development Champions Forum. The Champions are concerned by the impact of escalating military operations on the humanitarian situation in Yemen as a whole and Hudaydah governorate in specific; in addition to the damage that would be caused to vital economic infrastructure. The effect on the economic situation in the country would be catastrophic. Hudaydah governorate is the third most densely populated governorate in Yemen and has more than 36,000 economic facilities. It is home to the most important port in the country, through which the majority of goods and humanitarian aid are brought into Yemen.

Job opportunity announcement: Project coordinator

Job Title: Project coordinator Reporting to: The Sana’a Center’s Program Director Responsibility: Coordinating the work of Sana’a Center’s gender programs in Yemen. Location: Sana’a Duration: Six months, with possibility of extension subject to performance and funding.   About the Sana’a Center: The Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies is an independent think-tank that seeks to foster […]

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