Rencontres de l’iReMMO : « After the “Breakthrough”: Any hope for peace in Yemen? » — iReMMO (Paris), 14h-18h, 24/05/2019
After the “Breakthrough”: Any hope for peace in Yemen?
Friday 24th of May 2019 – 2pm – 6pm
[Cette rencontre, qui se tiendra exceptionnellement en anglais, est co-organisée avec le Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, un think tank indépendant qui fournit une expertise sur le Yémen et sur les pays voisins]
Introduction – 2pm – 2:15pm
Introduction by iReMMO and Sana’a Center representatives.
Panel 1 – 2:15pm – 4pm
The Situation on the Ground
Four years of conflict-related collapse have left more than 22 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, while multiple foreign-backed armed groups vie for power on the ground. This panel will provide background context and updates on recent political, security, economic and humanitarian developments in Yemen.
Maged Al-Madhaghi, executive director and a co-founder of the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies.
Franck Mermier, anthropologist, research officer at CNRS.
Asil Sidahmed, advocacy strategy referent à Médecins Sans Frontières Belgium.
Chair : Louis Imbert, journalist with Le Monde.
Panel 2 – 4:15pm – 6pm
The State of Peace”: International and Local Peace Initiatives Amid Challenges
In December 2018 the UN-led peace consultations between the Yemeni government and the Houthi movement led to the Stockholm Agreement. Initially seen as a breakthrough, today most aspects of the deal remain unimplemented. This panel will discuss why, and assess other local and international peace initiatives.
Jamila Ali Rajaa, Yemeni diplomat, mediator and consultant.
Osamah Al-Rawhani, deputy executive director of the Sana’a Center.
Khaled Al-Khaled, researcher on contemporary Yemen.
Chair: Matthieu Cimino, head of the research department at iReMMO.
About the panelists
Louis Imbert is a Middle East correspondent with Le Monde, notably focusing on Iran and Yemen. He has visited Yemen multiple times throughout the war and covered the December 2018 peace consultations in Stockholm.
Maged Al-Madhaji is executive director and a co-founder of the Sana’a Center. His research and commentary on Yemen have been published by various academic platforms, and he is a regular commentator on Yemeni affairs for Arabic media.
Khaled Al-Khaled is a researcher on contemporary Yemen. Formerly a teacher at the CELSA (Sorbonne), he is now working as an independent consultant. He published numerous books on Yemen.
Asil Sidahmed is Humanitarian Advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières in the Middle East and North Africa. She has worked in development consulting, which included managing the team of a consulting firm in Yemen.
Matthieu Cimino, formerly a Marie Curie Fellow at Oxford University (Oriental Institute), is now the head of Research at the iRemmo. He is working on contemporary Syria, with a focus on territorial ideologies of non-state actors.
Jamila Ali Rajaa has served in the Yemeni diplomatic corps for 30 years, is a prominent mediator, moderator and consultant, and is widely recognized as a pioneer of women’s empowerment in Yemen and the wider Arab world.
Osamah Al-Rawhani is the deputy executive director of the Sana’a Center. His work focuses on civil society and track II mediation, and he is currently co-head of the Rethinking Yemen’s Economy track II initiative.
Franck Mermier anthropologist, research officer at CNRS, author of many specialized books, such as Récits de villes: D’Aden à Beyrouth (Actes Sud, 2015), Yémen. Le tournant révolutionnaire (avec Laurent Bonnefoy et Marine Poirier, Karthala, 2012) et Syrie-Yémen, d’une guerre à l’autre (Galaade, 2017).