Publications

  • Taiz: A Hotbed of Irregular Militias

    Yemen’s Taiz enjoys a strategic location, stretching from central Yemen to the Red Sea Coast, and extending south to the Bab al-Mandab Strait, one of the world’s most important shipping lanes. The governorate has paid a heavy price during the past decade as a result of the turmoil that Yemen has experienced since 2011, when popular protests erupted against the former regime of late President Ali Abdullah Saleh. During the outbreak of the current conflict in 2014-15, Taiz witnessed the…

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  • Absent Reform, Yemenis Bear Brunt of Government Tariff Hike

    The internationally recognized Yemeni government’s recent decision to dramatically increase customs tariffs on non-essential goods appears to be spurring price surges for imports across the board. Given that the primary driver of the country’s dire food security crisis is price volatility, and that the government’s recent tariff hikes threaten to exacerbate this humanitarian crisis, the…

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  • Tribal Leaders Discuss Peacebuiling Efforts in Yemen

    A group of Yemeni tribal leaders and activists met in Toledo, Spain, on September 10-11 to discuss ways to organize tribes’ peacebuilding efforts in Yemen, as the country enters its seventh year of war. The Chargé d’Affaires of the European Union in Yemen, Marion Lales, opened the first session via video conference, and newly-appointed UN…

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  • New Fronts in the Economic War – The Yemen Review, August 2021

    The battle between the fragmented Central Bank of Yemen (CBY) branches over control of Yemeni banks’ operations and financial centers escalated dramatically in August, further threatening their ability to operate in Yemen. On August 5, CBY-Aden ordered Yemeni commercial and Islamic banks to, among other things, relocate their headquarters to fully operate from Aden. CBY-Aden’s August 5 statement reminded Yemeni banks to submit the financial data it had previously asked for within 15 days of July 6.

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  • Local Economic Councils: A Tool to Improve Business Productivity in Yemen

    Even before the events of 2014 and 2015 that led Yemen into the ongoing civil war, its economy was fragile. The years of hardship that have haunted the country ever since have been devastating. Yemen is now rated as one of the hardest places in the world for businesses to operate and is last or near last in a host of global business competitiveness indexes. From January 25-27,2021 the seventh Development Champions Forum, held virtually, focused on this dire national…

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  • Strategizing Beyond the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Agenda in Yemen: The Importance of CEDAW

    Seven years into the war in Yemen, there is considerable and growing resistance within the internationally recognized Yemeni government, Houthi authorities, the Southern Transitional Council (STC), local authorities and armed groups toward the promotion of gender equality and women’s role in peacebuilding. At the invitation of the UN special envoy for Yemen, women were present in peace negotiations in Kuwait (2016), Geneva (2018) and Stockholm (2018), but their participation was not accepted by the delegations. The text of the Stockholm…

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  • The Old City of Sana’a: A Living History Under Threat

    The Old City of Sana’a has been inhabited for over 2,500 years; it boasts unique architecture – those distinctive multistory towers with delicate white-trim designs – and UNESCO world heritage status.[1] Today, this built heritage, and the human history it evinces, face multiple threats. Heavy rains have recently caused damage to around 1,000 houses, starkly…

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  • Riyadh’s Unconscionable Campaign to Purge Yemeni Workers

    Saudi Arabia has recently begun a campaign to purge its government-run institutions of Yemenis, many of whom have held their jobs in the kingdom for decades. The implications of this policy appear likely to cascade through the Saudi labor market and could potentially impact hundreds of thousands of Yemenis in the kingdom and millions of…

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  • The View from Sana’a – The Yemen Review, Summer Edition, July 2021

    After summoning the Yemeni parties to the Riyadh Agreement to Saudi Arabia in June to resolve disputes impeding implementation of the power-sharing deal, the Kingdom’s ministry of foreign affairs issued a statement on July 2 singling out recent moves by the Southern Transitional Council (STC) related to security, military and organizational appointments by the council.

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  • Intellectuals Conference in Mukalla Concludes

    Mukalla, Yemen – The Intellectuals Conference, hosted by the Sana’a Center in Mukalla, held its concluding sessions today. The conference covered a number of topics, such as the role of intellectuals in Yemen’s future, the future of the state in Yemen, the role of non-state armed groups, and the southern issue. An interactive session was…

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