Yemen

Author: Victoria Clark
Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 0300167342
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Yemen

Author: Victoria Clark
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ISBN: 9780300117011
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"Once famous for its lucrative coffee trade and the strategically crucial port of Aden, Yemen - the dark horse of the Middle East - is making headlines today for its links with radical Islam. As journalist Victoria Clark argues in this riveting book, we have been neglecting Yemen at our peril. For centuries a thorn in the side of any foreign power seeking to exploit its valuable location, the most beautiful but also the poorest state in the Arab world is dominated by its tribal make-up, increasingly fractious and an ideal haven for jihadists." "Born in south Yemen when it was still a British colony, Victoria Clark returns to the country to untangle its complex past and hazardous present. Meeting politicians and tribal leaders, oil workers and Islamists, she discovers a fragile state facing a perfect storm of exploding population, diminishing water supplies, dwindling oil production and two separate wars of secession, as well as a vigorous regional al-Qaeda movement. This is a lively, thoughtful and up-to-date account of a little-known country now at the top of the international security agenda." --Book Jacket.

A History of Modern Yemen

Author: Paul Dresch
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521794824
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An accessible and fast moving account of twentieth-century Yemeni history.

Yemen on the Brink

Author: Christopher Boucek
Publisher: Carnegie Endowment
ISBN: 0870033298
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Yemen is facing a unique confluence of crises. A civil war in the North, a secessionist movement in the South, and a resurgence of al Qaeda are unfolding against the background of economic collapse, insufficient state capacity, and governance and corruption issues. The security challenges are the most important in the short run, because economic and governance issues cannot be addressed without a minimum of stability. This volume brings together analyses of the critical problems that have dragged Yemen close to state failure. It provides an assessment of Yemen's major security challenges by recognized experts, and it broadens the discussion of the tools available to the international community to pull Yemen back from the brink. Separate chapters examine the resurgence of al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the complex relationship between al Qaeda and the Yemini tribes, the Southern secessionist movement, and the civil war in Saada. Contents include ? Yemen: Avoiding a Downward Spiral ? What Comes Next in Yemen? Al-Qaeda, the Tribes, and State-Building ? The Political Challenge of Yemen's Southern Movement ? War in Saada: From Local Insurrection to National Challenge ? Instrumentalizing Grievances: Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula Contributors include Sarah Phillips (Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney), Stephen Day (Rollins College), and Alistair Harris (RUSI and former diplomat and UN staff member).

Regionalism and Rebellion in Yemen

Author: Stephen W. Day
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107022150
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Based on years of in-depth field research, this book unravels the complexities of the Yemeni state and its domestic politics with a particular focus on the post-1990 years. The central thesis is that Yemen continues to suffer from regional fragmentation which has endured for centuries. En route the book discusses the rise of President Salih, his tribal and family connections, Yemen's civil war in 1994, the war's consequences later in the decade, the spread of radical movements after the US military response to 9/11 and finally developments leading to the historic events of 2011. This book sets a new standard for scholarship on Yemeni politics and it is essential reading for anyone interested in the modern Middle East, the 2011 Arab revolts and twenty-first-century Islamic politics.

Yemen and the Politics of Permanent Crisis

Author: Sarah Phillips
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 135122512X
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The Middle East is in the midst of considerable and unpredictable changes, but deeply patrimonial political systems do not change overnight ? and neither do the international and regional structures that have helped them to endure for so long. The informal rules that guide Yemeni society and its dysfunctional political settlement look set to endure, in spite of unprecedented protests. Entangled in a narrative of acute crisis and possible state failure, the country still relies on foreign assistance to prop up its ailing economy. Fearing the threat from al-Qaeda on Yemeni soil as well as the crisis of the Houthi insurgency and the southern secessionist movement, regional and Western powers have continued to bankroll the regime without taking significant steps to address the underlying causes of instability and threat. Drawing on research carried out on the ground in Yemen, this Adelphi examines the shadowy structures that govern political life and sustain a network of social elites predisposed against any far-reaching systemic reform. It looks behind the scenes at the regime?s opaque internal politics, at its entrenched patronage system and at the ?rules of the game? that will shape the behaviour of the post-Saleh rulers, to offer insights for how the West may better engage within that game

Yemen Divided

Author: Noel Brehony
Publisher: I.B.Tauris
ISBN: 085773167X
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South Yemen today is seen as a potential Al-Qaeda stronghold and the heart of a separatist movement threatening to rip apart southern Arabia. How has this country of forbidding mountains and arid deserts changed from British colony to communist state and then to ‘terrorist base’ in half a century? What went wrong with the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen and why are Southern Yemenis once more calling for a separate state?

The Last Refuge

Author: Gregory D. Johnsen
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
ISBN: 1780741189
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‘Exhausted and on the run, it looked like the end for the small band of men. Looking at the few who had followed him into the desert, Muhammad said, “When disaster threatens, seek refuge in Yemen”… Yemen was the last refuge.’ Far from the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, in an unforgiving corner of Arabia, the US and al-Qaeda are fighting a clandestine war of drones and suicide bombers. The battles began in 2006, when twenty-three men tunnelled out of a maximum-security prison in Yemen’s capital to their freedom. Later they were joined by a dozen men released from Guantánamo Bay. Together, they formed the core of al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula – and now they and their recruits stand ready to hijack the Arab Spring, from the streets of Syria to hotspots much closer to home. In The Last Refuge, al-Qaeda scholar Gregory D. Johnsen charts the rise, the fall, and the ultimate resurrection of al-Qaeda in Yemen – given new life through a combustion of civil wars, Afghan refugees, and Muhammad’s prophetic teachings. Johnsen brings us inside al-Qaeda’s training camps and safe houses as the terrorists plot poison attacks and debate how to bring down a plane on Christmas Day. Based on years of on-the-ground interviews and never-before-translated al-Qaeda battle notes, he delivers a riveting and incisive investigation of the state of the Middle East.

Yemen Endures

Author: Ginny Hill
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0190862793
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Why is Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, involved in a costly and merciless war against its mountainous southern neighbor Yemen, the poorest country in the Middle East? When the Saudis attacked the hitherto obscure Houthi militia, which they believed had Iranian backing, to oust Yemen's government in 2015, they expected an easy victory. They appealed for Western help and bought weapons worth billions of dollars from Britain and America; yet two years later the Houthis, a unique Shia sect, have the upper hand. In her revealing portrait of modern Yemen, Ginny Hill delves into its recent history, dominated by the enduring and pernicious influence of career dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh, who ruled for three decades before being forced out by street protests in 2011. Saleh masterminded patronage networks that kept the state weak, allowing conflict, social inequality and terrorism to flourish. In the chaos that follows his departure, civil war and regional interference plague the country while separatist groups, Al-Qaeda and ISIS compete to exploit the broken state. And yet, Yemen endures.

Why Yemen Matters

Author: Helen Lackner
Publisher: Saqi
ISBN: 0863567827
Format: PDF
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In November 2011, an agreement brokered by the GCC brought an end to Yemen's tumultuous uprising. The National Dialogue Conference has opened a window of opportunity for change, bringing Yemen's main political forces together with groups that were politically marginalized. Yet, the risk of collapse is serious, and if Yemen is to remain a viable state, it must address numerous political, social and economic challenges. In this invaluable volume, experts with extensive Yemen experience provide innovative analysis of the country's major crises: centralized governance, the role of the military, ethnic conflict, separatism, Islamism, foreign intervention, water scarcity and economic development. This is essential reading for academi, journalists, development workers, diplomats, politicians and students alike. 'Essential reading ... The authors shed light on the context of the Yemeni uprising in a way that not only helps us understand the current transitional period but also the outlines of Yemen's future.' Charles Schmitz, President of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies 'An up to date and wide-ranging guide to what is arguably the Arab world's least known and most misunderstood state. Edited by one of Britain's foremost authorities on Yemen ... brings together an impressive range of experts on the country to examine the contemporary reality of Yemen.' Michael Willis, Director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford University 'Thoughtful and well-researched, Why Yemen Matters unearths a wealth of information about contemporary Yemeni society.' Baghat Korany, Professor of International Relations, American University in Cairo