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Building a lasting peace? Power sharing and sectarian identities in Yemen

The FPC is working again with the SEPAD (Sectarianism, Proxies and De-sectarianisation) project at the Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University on a series of virtual public seminars focused on peacebuilding in Lebanon, Bosnia, Syria and Yemen. The project will address each country situation individually but it will seek to learn from the experiences of Lebanon and Bosnia (both the successes and ongoing/growing problems) in terms of power sharing and how this might guide our thinking around solutions to the intractable conflicts in Yemen and Syria. For each panel we will be bringing together a mix of academic experts from the SEPAD project with politicians and potentially international officials or NGO experts.


This final seminar in the series seeks to examine the complex relationship between peace building, power sharing and sectarian identities in Yemen. It will explore ideas around possible power sharing agreements for Yemen, what they would mean for the different political actors and what it might deliver for that might mean for the country’s politics, security and for the wellbeing of its people. It will also examine what can be learned, to both emulate and avoid, from post-conflict settings such (Bosnia, Lebanon and Northern Ireland) with a view to assessing the long term implications of those agreements for peace and prosperity


Listen to an audio recording of the event below and you can watch the video of the event here.

When March 2, 2021 5:00pm-6:30pm (UK Time)

The event will take place on Zoom.


Maysaa Shuja Al-deen, Non-resident Fellow at the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies

Professor Simon Mabon, Director of the SEPAD project

Nadwa Al-Dawsari, Non-resident Scholar at the Middle East Institute

Kate Nevens, Non-resident Consultant with the Yemen Policy Center

Chair: Wayne David MP, Shadow Minister for the Middle East and North Africa

Listen to an audio recording of the event here.

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