Publications

  • Two-Day Intellectuals Conference kicks off in Mukalla

    Mukalla, Yemen – The Sana’a Center launched today its two-day Intellectuals Conference in the city of Mukalla in the Hadramout governorate with the participation of a number of intellectuals, political activists, and journalists with the aim to create a safe space for these groups to discuss the way forward towards peace. Representatives from the UN…

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  • Yemen Peace Forum Mukalla Workshops Conclude

    Mukalla, Yemen – The Yemen Peace Forum (YPF) concluded its four-day event which brought together a select group of Yemeni youth and civil society actors with the aim to amplify their voices by creating a parallel process for their views and insights to be channeled into Yemen’s peace negotiations. The YPF is a Track II…

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  • The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Yemeni Women

    Yemen was among the last countries to announce the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first confirmed case in the country was declared on April 10, 2020, a month after the World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11. An explosion of infections was anticipated in Yemen, where six years of war has destroyed the healthcare sector and fragmented the country. The first wave of COVID-19 in Yemen coincided with outbreaks of malaria, dengue fever, and chikungunya fever, diseases…

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  • Redefining What Peace in Yemen Means and How to Achieve it

    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 process. Since the signing of the Stockholm Agreement in late 2018, the United Nations special envoy has failed to convince representatives of the warring parties to meet face-to-face and agree…

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  • The View from Iran after Raisi’s Election

    Early this year, months before Iran held its presidential elections, significant security talks between Iran and Saudi Arabia were held in Baghdad. Security and military officials from both countries reportedly met at least three times. Little is known about the actual substance of the talks, other than that they involved Yemen-related affairs. But the composition…

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  • The Urgency to Protect Yemen’s Minorities

    Through periods of tolerance and persecution, marginalization has remained a constant in the treatment of racial and religious minorities in Yemeni society. During the ongoing conflict, however, violence and subjugation against these marginalized groups has increased dramatically, to the point that it is fundamentally reshaping Yemeni society. For Yemen as we know it to continue…

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  • Eye on the East – The Yemen Review, June 2021

    The Sana’a Center Editorial The Urgency to Protect Yemen’s Minorities Through periods of tolerance and persecution, marginalization has remained a constant in the treatment of racial and religious minorities in Yemeni society. During the ongoing conflict, however, violence and subjugation against these marginalized groups has increased dramatically, to the point that it is fundamentally reshaping…

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  • Bringing Forth the Voices of Muhammasheen

    Executive Summary The Muhammasheen, meaning “the marginalized,” is an ascriptive term designating a group of Yemenis who were traditionally called Al-Akhdam (literally meaning “the servants”). Membership in this ethnic minority is hereditary, associated with certain types of occupations, and in traditional Yemeni social structures its members are considered ‘weak’ and lacking origins, therefore ostensibly under…

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  • Shabwa’s Journey to the Center of a Regional Proxy Conflict

    In pre-Christian times, Yemen’s Shabwa region was the capital of three ancient Yemeni kingdoms: Qataban, Osan and Hadramawt. It possesses incredible geographic diversity, with a picturesque Arabian Sea coastline along with mountains and desert landscapes. It is home to powerful local tribes as well as to one of the most delicious organic honeys in the…

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  • The Curtain Call for Cinema in Aden?

    Aden has historically been a cultural and commercial crossroads, home to a famed port linking East and West. Its setting, on the Gulf of Aden, at the confluence of the Red and Arabian seas, long brought trade and people to the city, making it a cosmopolitan hub. Throughout much of the 20th century, the city…

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