Presented by The Human Rights Research and Education Centre and CIPS.
Free. In English. Registration is required. Seating is limited and available on a first come, first served basis. To register, please contact [email protected].
John Packer, Director, HRREC and former Member of the UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts (2012-2013)
George Anderson, Member of the UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts (2012 and 2015)
Grant Kippen, Principal, The Hillbrooke Group | Former Chief of Party, International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) in Yemen (2011-2015)
Marie-Joëlle Zahar, Professor, Department of Political Science, Université de Montréal and former Member of the UN Standby Team of Mediation Experts (2013-2015)
With its own popular revolution in the now distant Arab Spring, Yemen avoided civil war in 2011. Through the combined efforts of the international community, the country chose a path of negotiated change, agreed on a roadmap for political transition and in 2013 led an unprecedented National Dialogue Conference…only to have it fall apart in spring 2014.
As the poorest Arab country facing challenges of dissolution, terrorism and persistent humanitarian disasters of displacement, food and water shortages, and widespread illiteracy, Yemen could ill-afford a major civil war. In the foot-steps of Syria, but out of the limelight, Yemen has descended into a precarious situation verging on a failed State. The Saudi bombing campaign against the Houthi rebels has been unending and seemingly indiscriminate. The population is impoverished and international organisations are falling far short of delivering minimum humanitarian assistance. Violence is widespread with resurgent terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State.
How has this happened so quickly? And what does the future hold for the country, its people, the peninsula and the sub-region? Four experts having been engaged in Yemen in the recent period will share their reflections and views.