MEI – Yemen Conflict in Perspective: Geopolitical & Humanitarian Challenges

This event is hosted by the Middle East Institute.

Yemen is gripped by clashes between Houthi rebels and pro-government forces, interference by regional actors, and a failure to complete the political transition following the 2011 uprisings against then-President Ali Abdullah Saleh. This instability has created an opening for the militants of Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and a devastating humanitarian impact.

How can international engagement take into account the domestic and geopolitical forces at work, secure a peaceful resolution of the conflict, and combat the extremist threat? What are the challenges faced by humanitarian aid organizations that operate in Yemen, and how can the international community confront the coming challenge of reconstruction and repair of the damaged country?

Register now for this Middle East Institute half-day conference, which will examine the regional dynamics surrounding the conflict and the economic situation inside Yemen.

Conference Agenda:
8:50AM-9:00AM | Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Amb. (ret.) Wendy Chamberlin
President, The Middle East Institute

9:00AM-9:45 AM | Keynote Address
Ismail Ould Chaikh Ahmed
Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Yemen

10:00AM-11:30AM | Panel 1: The Political and Strategic Implications of the Yemen Conflict
Mohammed Abulahoum
Justice & Building Party, Yemen
H.E. Ahmed Awad Binmubarak
Ambassador of Yemen to the United States
The Honorable Anne Patterson
Former Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs
Anne Gearan (Moderator)
National Politics Correspondent, The Washington Post

12:15PM-1:45PM | Panel 2: Preparing for Reconstruction/Addressing the Humanitarian Crisis
Nadwa al-Dawsari
Nonresident Senior Fellow, Project on Middle East Democracy
Albert Jaeger
Mission Chief for Yemen, International Monetary Fund
Nabil Shaiban
Senior Operations Officer, The World Bank
Amb. (ret.) Gerald Feierstein (Moderator)
Director, MEI Center for Gulf Affairs