October 11-15, 2017 (Hosted in Beirut, Lebanon)
* Application Deadline I September 10/Deadline II October 4, 2017
* 30 slots only/Rolling acceptance
The Second Yemen Exchange is hosted by the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS). During the five day program, participants from around the world will listen and engage Yemeni politicians, civil society figures and analysts gaining rare and intensive insight into Yemen, from several differing perspectives. As such, the Exchange is a fundamental part of SCSS’s attempt to increase the content, space and conversations on Yemen with the hope that increased dialogue and understanding will ultimately help to create the conditions for sustainable peace-building (www.sanaacenter.org). The effort specifically rests on two tracks:
Professional & Academic – Participants will attend a series of lectures led by prominent academics, analysts and activists from Yemen and the wider region. Themes will include, among others:
– The factors that spurred Yemen’s 2011 Arab Spring-inspired uprising;
– The underlying issues that doomed the internationally backed transition;
– The root causes of the rise of Yemen’s Houthi rebels;
– The diverse regional factors that increasingly drive Yemen’s conflict(s);
– The economic roots of unrest in Yemen;
– The role of regional actors in Yemen’s ongoing conflict(s);
– The rise of newly empowered actors in the ongoing civil war;
– The dynamics & shifts of partisan politics in relation to armed groups;
– The humanitarian fallout from the war;
– The role of the media and civil society organizations;
– Youth politics and activism;
– The role played by women and the work done by Yemeni female activists.
Dialogue with Leaders – Participants will have the opportunity to meet, listen and engage leading social, political and economic actors from across the spectrum in Yemen.
INVITED INDIVIDUAL & INSTITUTIONAL SPEAKERS (Partial List Only):
NOTE: Accepted applicants will receive the full list of confirmed speakers one month prior to the opening of the Exchange, as well as readings pertinent to the sessions.
Farea al-Muslimi, SCSS
Mansour Rageh, Central Bank of Yemen
Maysa Shujaa al-Deen, SCSS
Mustafa Noman, Diplomat and Writer
Abdulghani al-Eryani, Researcher and Consultant
Jamila Ali Raja, Former Diplomat and Consultant
Ammar al-Aulaqi, Deputy Minister of Water and the Environment
Abdulrahman Al-Ghaberi, Photographer
The Justice and Building Party
Adam Baron, SCSS
Abdulkareem al-Maqdashi, Tribal Sheikh
Hamoud al-Sufi, Former Head of Intelligence
Abu Bakr al-Qirbi, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abdulrahman al-Saqqaf, Secretary General of the Socialist Party
Ali Ashal, MP, Islah Party
Ali Al-Mamri, Governor of Taiz
Mohammed Azzan, Co-Founder of the Shebab al-Mu’min
Mohamed Shehab, Businessman
Maged al-Madhaji, SCSS
Fathi Balzraq, Editor in Chief of Aden al-Ghad
Nabil Munassar, Archeologist
Ghiadaa Al-Rashidy, Southern Activist
The Second Yemen Exchange will be held over the five days at the conference room of Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Beirut, from 9am until 6pm, October 11-15. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 30. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will allow ample opportunity for question time (translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under strict Chatham House rules, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.
Participation Fee – $900. Note that participation fee discounts are available for participants who wish to attend multiple Exchanges. For more information, please email us here. Furthermore, all our programs are funded on the basis of fees paid by the participants themselves: There is no government, private or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.
Accommodation – $115 for a single room per night at the five star Crowne Plaza Hotel under our group booking (breakfast and taxes are included). Shared rooms are also available (we will arrange for sharing with other participants) and are priced at $65 per participant.
Airfare – $400, approximate from the European Union.
About the Co-Directors:
Farea Al-Muslimi is chairman and co-founder of Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies and a non-resident fellow at both the Carnegie Middle East Center and Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. In August 2016, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon appointed Al-Muslimi to the Advisory Group of Experts for Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, a study mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 to examine the positive contribution of youth to peace processes and conflict resolution and effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels. Al-Muslimi’s writings and analysis on Yemen and the wider region have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Al-Hayyat, As-Safir, Al-Monitor, as well as several other publications. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him to its list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, and in 2014 The Guardian named Al-Muslimi to its Top 30 under 30 list of young leaders in digital media around the world.
Adam Baron is a co-founder of the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies as well as a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Baron is also a regular commentator on Yemeni affairs for media outlets including Al-Jazeera English, CNN, Foreign Policy and the BBC. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the Yemen correspondent for The Economist, the Christian Science Monitor and McClatchy Newspapers. He holds a bachelor of arts in Religion and Arab Studies from Williams College and a Masters Degree in International Peace and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.
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