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SOAS University of London
Thornhaugh Street, WC1H 0XG London, United Kingdom
Room: Khalili Lecture Theatre (KLT)
Series: Lecture Programme on the Contemporary Middle East
This lecture is free to attend and no registration is required. But please note that seating is on a first-come first-serve basis.
Yemen in Crisis, Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State
Speaker: Helen Lackner (London Middle East Institute (LMEI) at SOAS)
Chair: Gilbert Achcar (SOAS)
Since 2015, Yemen has been plunged into its most severe crisis ever. Fuelled by Arab and Western intervention, the civil war quickly escalated, killing thousands while millions are experiencing increasingly acute food shortages. The people of Yemen suffering from a collapsed economy face a desperate choice between the Huthi rebels allied with ex-President Saleh on one side and the internationally recognised government propped up by the Saudi-led coalition on the other, the latter supported by Western arms and logistical support.
The struggle for power in the Arab world's poorest but strategically vital nation has serious implications for the region and beyond. While Egypt and Saudi Arabia fear that a Huthi takeover would threaten free passage of oil through the Bab al-Mandab strait, western governments fear a rise of attacks from al-Qa'ida and IS as the country becomes more unstable.
In her latest book Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State (Saqi, 2017) Helen Lackner uncovers the social and political conflicts that threaten the very survival of the state and its people. She reveals the corruption of the country's US-backed autocratic regime and how it failed to address national impoverishment and to plan an equitable economy for Yemen's growing population. She will discuss some of these points in her lecture.
Read more: soas.ac.uk/lmei/events/cme/14nov2017-yemen-in-crisis-autocracy-neo-liberalism-and-the-disintegration-of-a-state.html
To purchase the book please visit Saqi Books: saqibooks.com/book/yemen-crisis/
Contact Tel: 020 7898 4330
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