Yemen’s peace talks: End of the beginning or beginning of the end?

Can peace talks bring meaningful progress to ending the conflict in Yemen?


Mohamed Abulahoum, President of the Justice and Building Party of Yemen

Adam Baron, MENA Visiting Fellow, ECFR

Chaired by

Julien Barnes-Dacey, Senior Policy Fellow, ECFR

After more than a year of war, representatives of Yemen's warring factions are now gathering to discuss a potential peace settlement. What are the odds that these talks can deliver meaningful progress, how can respective interests be secured and what is needed to prevent an unravelling? Moreover, will any eventual gains be too little too late and what is any prospective settlement likely to actually mean in terms of a post-conflict Yemen?

Mohamed Abulahoum is the founder and president of Yemen's Justice and Building Party. He was a member of the ruling General People's Congress party's foreign relations committee, prior to declaring support for Yemen's Arab Spring-inspired uprising in March 2011.

Adam Baron (@adammbaron) is a Visiting Fellow at ECFR and a cofounder of the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies, a recently established Yemen-focused research center. Adam authored ECFR’s innovative project ‘Mapping the Yemen conflict’ which, illustrates distinct facets of the ongoing civil war.

Julien Barnes-Dacey (@jbdacey) is a senior policy fellow in ECFR’s Middle East and North Africa Programme.