In his latest paper, “Yemen: National Chaos, Local Order,” Peter Salisbury challenges much of the conventional wisdom regarding the Yemen civil war, including the focus of the U.N.-led mediation on two principal adversaries, namely the government of exiled President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi and the (now collapsed) alliance between the Houthis and deceased former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. Instead, Salisbury offers a remapping of key local and regional stakeholders and examines the prospects for peace, offering a new long-term approach to ending the crisis and engaging in state building and economic reconstruction.
AGSIW is pleased to host Peter Salisbury for a discussion of his paper and other issues impacting the continuing conflict in Yemen.
A light lunch will be served.
Watch live at 12:30 pm EST on Thursday January 18. Follow the conversation on Twitter: #YemenRemapped.
Peter Salisbury is a non-resident fellow at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He is also a senior consulting researcher at Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Programme. The former energy editor of the Middle East Economic Digest, Salisbury has worked as a journalist and analyst focused on political economy issues in the MENA region since 2008. He writes regularly for The Economist, Financial Times, and Foreign Policy among other publications and has worked as a consultant to the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, the United Nations, and the World Bank. Between 2011 and 2013, he worked closely with the Yemen Forum at Chatham House on a series of research projects on the political economy of Yemen, which led to the publication of the Chatham House report, “Yemen: Corruption, Capital Flight and Global Drivers of Conflict.” Salisbury holds an MSc in international politics from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.
Ambassador Gerald M. Feierstein is director for Gulf affairs and government relations at the Middle East Institute. He retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in May 2016 after a 41-year career with the personal rank of career minister. As a diplomat, he served in nine overseas postings, including three tours of duty in Pakistan, as well as assignments in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Lebanon, Jerusalem, and Tunisia. In 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama appointed Feierstein as U.S. ambassador to Yemen, where he served until 2013. From 2013 until his retirement, he was principal deputy assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs at the U.S. Department of State.
Stephen A. Seche is the executive vice president of the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. He spent 35 years as a career U.S. foreign service officer. From 2011-13, he served as deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs at the Department of State, with responsibility for U.S. relations with the GCC states and Yemen. He served as the U.S. ambassador to Yemen from 2007-10. At the U.S. Embassy in Damascus, Syria he served as chargé d’affaires and deputy chief of mission. He additionally served as counselor for public affairs and director of the American Cultural Center in Damascus. Seche also spent two years as director of the Office for Egypt and Levant Affairs at the Department of State in Washington, DC.