Yemen has entered a new political and military phase following the death of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and the infighting in Aden between U.A.E.-backed secessionists and forces under the command of President Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi. No formal or informal peace negotiations took place in 2017, as both the Houthis and Saudi-led coalition excluded the General Congress Party and Qatar, respectively, from their alliances. Simultaneously, these regional tensions and local divisions are further exacerbating the country's humanitarian crisis.
What does the near future hold for Yemen? Will the south secede? And if it does, how will this impact the ongoing fighting?
To answer these questions and more, the Carnegie Middle East Center and the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies held an open discussion with Yemeni researchers and experts on various conflict scenarios and the fate of one of the world’s poorest countries after six years of revolution and war.
Session I: Regional Tensions
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Jamila Ali Raja, researcher and former diplomat
Maged al-Madhaji, executive director of Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies
Moderator: Maha Yahya
Session II: Local Conflict Dynamics
4:30 to 6:00 p.m.
Hussam Radman, journalist and researcher
Sama’a al-Hamdani, researcher and writer
Ameen Yafaee, activist and writer
Moderator: Farea al-Muslimi