Why did state-building in Yemen in the past fail and lead to a civil war? What is the ideal relationship between the state and society? What form of state has been successful in Yemen in the past? Why has the lifetime of unitary states in Yemen been very short? Abdul-Ghani Al-Eryani, a Senior Research at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, will speak on these and other issues fundamental to state formation.
This is the first episode of the podcast of the 2023 Yemen International Forum, an event organized by the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies and bringing together more than 250 participants from inside Yemen and abroad, including representatives of the Yemeni government, the various political actors, activists, representatives of civil society, academics, and international diplomats and mediators to discuss the course of the conflict after a year of calm had revived hopes for peace.
This episode’s guest, Al-Eryani, is a researcher whose research focuses on the peace process, conflict analysis, and the developments that the Yemeni state has gone through. Al-Eryani has more than three decades of experience as a political and development advisor and has worked at the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Yemen, with the UNDP mission in Hudaydah, as well as with the World Bank on the conflict in Yemen. He has written studies on constitutional reform, combating corruption, governance, government capacity, state formation, and conflict management and resolution, in addition to social and economic development.