[P4744] The South in the Yemeni Conflict

Created by Charles P. Schmitz
Sunday, 11/19/17 10:30am


This panel will explore the new political and social developments in the south in order to chart the possible contours of the new southern Yemeni landscape.
In 2007 the Hirak, or southern movement, emerged with a clear political agenda for political autonomy but without a coherent leadership. In 2012 following the fall of the Saleh regime, Hadi's transitional government installed southerners in key leadership positions in Yemen's government, but most southerners remained very wary of Hadi's government and largely boycotted the National Dialogue Conference that created the proposed federal Yemeni state.
The Houthi coup in late 2014 and the military onslaught of the Houthi Saleh forces on Aden in the spring of 2015 dramatically transformed the southern political landscape. The emergence of the southern resistance brought new leaders to the fore, the Emirati reconstruction of the southern security apparatus is building the foundations of new leadership in the governorates, and the Hadi government in Aden is vying for legitimacy in the south for the national government. These developments have dramatically transformed the southern political landscape in yet unknown ways. The panel aims to clarify some of these new developments in the south.


American Institute for Yemeni Studies (AIYS)





Charles P. Schmitz

(Towson University)
Panel Participating Role(s): Organizer; Presenter;

Noel Brehony

(Menas Associates)
PhD on Libya and post-doctoral research on West Bank (Jordan). Diplomat 1966-1992 with postings in Kuwait, Yemen, Jordan and Egypt. Director of Middle East Affairs Rolls-Royce 1992-99. Chairman Menas Associates 2000-present. Former President of British...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Thanos Petouris

(Independent Scholar)
Thanos Petouris is currently writing up his thesis on South Yemeni national identity. He is researching the nationalist, anti-colonial movement in South Arabia and the subsequent decolonisation process from British rule in the years 1937-67. The theoretical...
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;

Elisabeth Kendall

(Oxford University)
Senior Research Fellow in Arabic & Islamic Studies at Oxford University (Pembroke College). Works on Yemen, culture(s) of militant jihad, AQAP, Arabic literature, jihadist poetry. Profile: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-40954948
Panel Participating Role(s): Presenter;