The Yemen Exchange is an intensive course on Yemen organized by the Sana’a Center and The Exchange Foundation. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the course has been moved online and 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 already thoroughly versed in its dynamics. During the program, participants from around the world listen to Yemeni analysts, academics, politicians, bureaucrats, business leaders and international experts to gain insight and a rare first-hand knowledge about the country from a wide range of perspectives. Participants have the chance to virtually engage with speakers both during the sessions and connect with speakers they wish to engage individually after the Exchange.
The sessions themselves – totaling more than 25 hours – 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, the possibility of southern secession, military and political developments on the ground, the status of various armed groups, the regional battle for Yemen, the humanitarian and economic crisis, the impact of the coronavirus as well as a variety of other topics.