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"Yemen's Crisis Continues: what it means and why it matters"
Prof. David Mednicoff, Director of Middle Eastern Studies and School of Public Policy, UMass (Moderator)
Prof. Stacey Philbrick Yadav, Department of Political Science, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Prof. Jillian Schwedler, Department of Political Science, City University of New York
The ongoing civil conflict in Yemen, in part because of the involvement of outside countries, including Iran, Saudi Arabia and the US, has created a rapidly-expanding humanitarian disaster. This panel discussion, led by two of the leading American experts in Yemeni politics, will go beyond simple stereotypes of tribalism and religious difference to lay out the specific, complex dimensions of this transnational war and urgent human crisis. The panelists will contextualize the Yemeni crisis in broader ongoing structural factors such as the legacy of authoritarian rule, the trajectory of Yemeni social mobilization since 2011, and shifting regional dynamics in the Middle East, as well as the role of the US. The panel is appropriate for students concerned about pressing global issues, and faculty interested in Middle Eastern sociopolitical issues.