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“Yemen: Revolution aborted or suspended?”

A chapter in "The Arab Uprisings: A New Era of Politics in the Middle East". In collaboration with Gabriele Vom Brucke, Benjamin Wiacek. ABSTRACT: Against the backdrop of a UN-brokered transition agreement, in February 2012, the Yemeni President Ali Abdallah Saleh relinquished power to his deputy, who formed a new government which included the opposition.  Unlike uprisings… Continue reading “Yemen: Revolution aborted or suspended?”

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Yemen’s enduring resistance: Youth between politics and informal mobilization

ABSTRACT 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. The first case is the Marib Cause, a semi-organized, non-registered community group that protests corruption and demands basic services, employment opportunities and… Continue reading Yemen’s enduring resistance: Youth between politics and informal mobilization

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The Yemeni Uprising: A Product of Twenty Years of Grassroots Mobilization

Published in  The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Middle-Eastern and North African History.  Edited by Amal Ghazal and Jens Hanssen ABSTRACT 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… Continue reading The Yemeni Uprising: A Product of Twenty Years of Grassroots Mobilization

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Do you remember Change Square? We certainly do

Four years ago this month, protesters set up tents outside the gates of Sana’a University, demanding “an end to the regime”. Day after day, the tents multiplied and the areas they occupied throughout Yemen became known as Change and Freedom Squares. This modest photo book also available for free as a pdf recalls a time in… Continue reading Do you remember Change Square? We certainly do

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PROGRESS IS PAINFUL, COSTLY, AND SLOW ONE DAY OF ARAB SPRING

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… Continue reading PROGRESS IS PAINFUL, COSTLY, AND SLOW ONE DAY OF ARAB SPRING