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Wednesday 25 November 2015 
AfK - Conference Hall - 6:30 pm
Social & political sciences

Laurent Bonnefoy is a CNRS research fellow at the Centre de recherches internationales (CERI/Sciences Po) in Paris and is deputy principal investigator of the WAFAW/ERC project. He holds a PhD in International Relations and has worked extensively on Islamist movements and contemporary religious identities in the Arabian Peninsula. Based as a researcher in Sanaa for a total of four years, he has also worked in Palestine for two years where he headed the local branch of the Institut français du Proche-Orient (IFPO).

He is the author of Salafism in Yemen. Transnationalism and Religious Identity (Hurst & Co./ Columbia University Press, 2012) and has co-edited various volumes on Yemeni politics, violence and radicalism in the Arabian Peninsula and youth and leisure in the Arab world.

  • Yemen at war: a political and strategic assessment
    By Laurent BONNEFOY
  • Wednesday 25 November - 6:30 pm - Alliance française - Conference Hall
  • With panelist : Maliha Diwan
    MalihaDiwan is a Karachi-based journalist with an interest in social development and politics. She has a master’s in Global Development from Queen’s University, Canada and a bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Waterloo, Canada. During her time at Queen’s, she researched the identity politics and factors that influenced the Lady Health Workers Movement in Pakistan, and documented the healthcare workers’ experiences in 2013.

The lecture: In late March 2015, a Saudi-led coalition of ten countries launched operation "Decisive Storm" in Yemen. The military campaign claimed to reinstate the power of legitimate president Abderabuh Mansur Hadi and to defeat the new dominant force structured around the Huthi rebellion, accused of having staged a coup and of being supported by Iran. The conflict has local roots but has largely been constructed as a regional one by journalists, diplomats and experts. The war, beyond its terrible humanitarian consequences is having lasting effects on the political actors and their alliances.

This lecture will focus on explaining the roots of the Yemeni conflict as an effect of the failures of the political transition launched in the framework of the "Yemeni Spring" of 2011. It will also highlight the limits of "Decisive Storm" and is potentially lasting effects on the sectarian polarization of Yemeni society.