This paper investigates the impact mobilized publics have had on Yemen’s domestic political environment by examining two case studies initiating collective action,with autonomous agency, yet with distinct diﬀerences in access to resources. Continue reading “Yemen’s enduring resistance: Youth between politics and informal mobilization”
Published in The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle-Eastern and North African History. Edited by Amal Ghazal and Jens Hanssen
Conventional frameworks for understanding the Yemeni uprising that began in 2011 often fail to incorporate the role of mobilized publics and previous forms of contestations in the buildup to the uprising, and in the continued struggle for the social, political, and economic transformation of Yemen. Continue reading “The Yemeni Uprising: A Product of Twenty Years of Grassroots Mobilization”
In March 2013, a six-month National Dialogue Conference (NDC) began. It has brought together 565 diverse participants, among them representatives of Yemen’s independent youth, who were essential in starting the 2011 uprising. Continue reading “Yemen’s Independent Youth and Their Role in the National Dialogue Conference”
Modern Yemen has witnessed previous revolutions and coups, but the revolution of 2011 had the unique aspect of being a youth led mass movement [at least at the beginning] with participation from people of various backgrounds, transcending the elite circle of politics. A common question arises: what role do the “youth” who ignited the mass protest movement play today in the transitional process? Continue reading ““Youth” Inclusion in Yemen: a Necessary Element for Success of political transition”
The United States’ policy inYemen has focused narrowly on counterterrorism at the expense of economic and political development, which has not only hindered democratic reform in the country, but also compromised the short-term goal of eradicating the threat of terrorism.
The following is an excerpt from Demanding Dignity: Young Voices from the Front Lines of the Arab Revolutions. Copyright © 2012, I Speak for Myself, Inc. Reprinted with permission from White Cloud Press.
On May 11, 2011, I woke up to a phone call about a march to the presidential palace in Yemen’s capital, Sana’a. As the time for the march approached, I headed to Change Square, where the pro-democracy protesters are camped.
Yemen has witnessed widespread protests and sit-ins throughout the squares of change for the past three months. These squares became incubators for change and the birthplace of a new political culture. Continue reading “The Square of Change in Sana’a: an Incubator for Reform”