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Yemen’s Forgotten Conflict: sectarian divisions, humanitarian crisis and the Southern Question

This Foreign Policy Centre event will seek to address the often overlooked Southern Question, exploring the longstanding roots of the Southern Movement in Yemen (al-Hirak al-Janoubi) and the key challenges facing southern Yemen today, including the creation in 2017 of the Southern Transitional Council who are kindly supporting this event.

The event will explore the position of ‘the South’ amid the competing factions for Yemen’s future and the current state of Yemen’s brutal and complex civil war. It will explore the impact of the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, including the damage caused by the fighting, food and water shortages, and lack of access to medicine, looking at what more the international community can do to help resolve the crisis.

It will be focused on the local dynamics and sectarian divisions that are driving the conflict, but will look at how they are influenced by regional actors such the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Iran and their international backers. It will discuss the role of local peacebuilding initiatives and international community pressure to develop a framework for a sustainable ceasefire and a long-term peace.

When March 5, 2019 March 5, 2019 6pm-7.30pm

Committee Room 9, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA


Aidarus al-Zoubaidi, President, Southern Transitional Council

Dr Simon Mabon, Director, Richardson Institute for Peace at Lancaster University and FPC Research Fellow

Iona Craig, Journalist, Orwell Fellow and Future of War Fellow at New America and Arizona State University

Chair: Gill Furniss MP

Listen to an audio recording of the event here. 

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