Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges

A discussion on how to overcome Yemen's most pressing issues on the horizon 


Noel Brehony, Former Chairman, British-Yemeni Society

Joana Cook, PhD Candidate, Department of War Studies at King’s College

James Firebrace, Director, James Firebrace Associates Ltd

Helen Lackner, Independent researcher on Yemen

Peter Salisbury, Associate Fellow, Chatham House

Chaired by

Daniel Levy, Director, Middle East and North Africa, ECFR


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This event showcased the newly released book ‘Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges’ edited by Noel Brehony and Saud al-Sarhan (Director of Research at the King Faisal Centre for Research and Islamic Studies).

Noel Brehony was Chairman of the British-Yemeni Society 2010-2015 and author of ‘Yemen Divided: the story of a failed state in South Arabia’. He is a former British diplomat.

Joana Cook is a PhD Candidate and security analyst at The Department of War Studies at King’s College London. She is also a researcher with the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society (TSAS).

James Firebrace is a horn of Africa and Yemen analyst focusing on resource scarcity such as the interlinked issues of water, energy, food security and jobs.

Helen Lackner is a Yemen researcher and author of ‘Why Yemen Matters’ (Saqi 2014) which she edited and ‘Yemen's peaceful transition from Saleh's autocratic regime: could it have succeeded?’ [forthcoming].

Peter Salisbury is a freelance journalist and analyst who has been working on Yemen, for the past seven years. He was the former energy editor at the Middle East Economic Digest and is an Associate Fellow at Chatham House focusing on Yemen.

Daniel Levy is Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.