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Why Yemen Matters: A Society in Transition (SOAS Middle East Issues) [Kindle Edition]

Helen Lackner

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In November 2011, an agreement brokered by the GCC brought an end to Yemen’s tumultuous uprising. The National Dialogue Conference has opened a window of opportunity for change, bringing Yemen’s main political forces together with groups that were politically marginalized. Yet, the risk of collapse is serious, and if Yemen is to remain a viable state, it must address numerous political, social and economic challenges. In this invaluable volume, experts with extensive Yemen experience provide innovative analysis of the country’s major crises: centralized governance, the role of the military, ethnic conflict, separatism, Islamism, foreign intervention, water scarcity and economic development. This is essential reading for academics, journalists, development workers, diplomats, politicians and students alike. ‘Essential reading … The authors shed light on the context of the Yemeni uprising in a way that not only helps us understand the current transitional period but also the outlines of Yemen’s future.’ Charles Schmitz, President of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies ‘An up to date and wide-ranging guide to what is arguably the Arab world’s least known and most misunderstood state. Edited by one of Britain’s foremost authorities on Yemen … brings together an impressive range of experts on the country to examine the contemporary reality of Yemen.’ Michael Willis, Director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony’s College, Oxford University ‘Thoughtful and well-researched, Why Yemen Matters unearths a wealth of information about contemporary Yemeni society.’ Baghat Korany, Professor of International Relations, American University in Cairo


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'Essential reading for anyone who wants to know where the future of Yemen lies after the toppling of Ali Abdalla Saleh. The authors shed light on the context of the Yemeni uprising in a way that not only helps us understand the current transitional period but also the outlines of Yemen's future.' --Charles Schmitz, President of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies and Associate Professor at Towson University, Maryland

'An up to date and wide-ranging guide to what is arguably the Arab world s least known and most misunderstood state. Edited by one of Britain s foremost authorities on Yemen ... brings together an impressive range of experts on the country to examine the contemporary reality of Yemen.' --Michael Willis, Director of the Middle East Centre, St Antony's College, Oxford University

'A remarkable book in terms of its comprehensiveness, accessibility and ethical approach ... This book is a must read for those wanting to go beyond the headlines proclaiming Yemen a failed state, in order to learn about people s daily realities, needs and aspirations. It dispels misconceptions about the causes of Yemen's problems, such as exaggerating the role of qat, tribalism, Islam or Al Qaeda, to reveal Yemenis as wrestling with problems often beyond their control, but who persist in struggling for a better future.' --Jordan Times

'An excellent survey of the country's struggles ... the book s cover is striking in an understated way, echoing the tenor of the contents.' --Majalla

'Timely and important ... An excellent record ... [the contributors'] anecdotes and interviews with Yemenis make a welcome addition to the events, facts and figures that form the basis of the papers.' --Bulletin of the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia

'An excellent survey of the country's struggles ... the book s cover is striking in an understated way, echoing the tenor of the contents.' --Majalla

About the Author

Helen Lackner has been researching the Arabian Peninsula for over forty years and lived in Yemen for close to fifteen. She has worked as a consultant on social aspects of development in over thirty countries and specializes in rural issues, in particular water management and poverty alleviation. Her other works include PDR Yemen: Outpost of Socialist Development in Arabia and Yemen into the Twenty First Century: Continuity and Change. Editor location: Oxford, UK

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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptionally good! Must read! 3 Oct. 2014
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A Must read! Yemen is in the spotlight and even for us who has follow Yemen for years its a very good read. Its detailed yet easy to consume. I keep two copies and one at hand if I need it as a reference or if I need to look some thing up. Each contributor could easily expand on their topics and they would be great book.

I hope this will be followed up as events unfold.
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