The Third Yemen Exchange: 

An Intensive Course on Yemen

June 26-July 1, 2018/Deadline I, May 20

The Yemen Exchange is an intensive course offered by the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) in partnership with The Exchange. Held in Beirut, Lebanon, the course is designed to provide unique access to information and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country and to those already well versed in Yemeni dynamics.

During the six-day program participants from around the world will listen and engage with Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, civil society actors, tribal figures, business leaders, academics and various Yemen experts to gain insights and in depth knowledge on the country from a wide range of perspectives. This comprehensive course covers Yemeni socio-political dynamics, internal divisions within various parties to the war and possible Southern secession, military developments on the ground and the regional proxy struggle, local, regional and international diplomatic efforts, the humanitarian crisis and response, economic and state collapse, the rise of the war economy, the status of energy exports and the country’s port facilities, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and other extremist groups, human rights and war crimes, as well as historical, archeological and cultural overviews.

Who Should Register:

— Foreign diplomats;

— NGO practitioners;

— Researchers, analysts and journalists;

— Academics working on the region.

For a full overview of the speakers as well as the six day schedule, visit:



Program Format:

The Third Yemen Exchange will be held over the six days at the conference room of Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Beirut, from 9am until approximately 4:30pm, June 26-July 1. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 25 persons. 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 the Chatham House rule, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.

Participation Costs:

All costs related to The Yemen Exchange are funded by participant fees. There is no supplementary government, private sector or non-profit support, a fact that allows us to assure participants a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.

Participation Fee: $1000

Accommodation: $120 for a single room per night at the five star Crowne Plaza Beirut Hotel (our conference venue) under our group booking with breakfast and taxes included. Shared rooms are also available (we will arrange for sharing with other participants) and are priced at $65 per participant. Note that participants are free to secure their own accommodation/booking.

Airfare: $400, approximately from the European Union.

Apply now by requesting an application from info@thebeirutexchange.com


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.