The ongoing civil war in Yemen, with its clear regional and international dimensions, has killed thousands and triggered a humanitarian disaster. Since 2014/15, Huthi rebels and (until December 2017) Salih-affiliated militias have been fighting a broad front of forces loyal to the internationally recognized government, the Southern Movement, as well as local actors fighting for their own interests. This front is supported by the Saudi-led multinational coalition.
In 2011, however, thousands of Yemenis took to the streets to protest for a better future for their country. When President `Ali''Abd Allah Salih signed over power in the aftermath of these protests there were hopes that this would signal the beginning of a new period of transition. Yemen and the Search for Stability focuses on the aspirations that inspired revolutionary action, and analyses what went wrong in the years that followed. It examines the different groups involved in the protests - Salih supporters, Muslim Brothers, Salafis, Huthis, secessionists, women, youth, artists and intellectuals - in terms of their competing visions for the country's future as well as their internal struggles.
This book traces the impact of the 2011 upheavals on these groups' ideas for a "new Yemen" and on their strategies for self-empowerment. In so doing, Yemen and the Search for Stability examines the mistakes committed in the country's post-2011 transition process, but also points towards prospects for stability and positive change.
Marie-Christine Heinze is President of CARPO - Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient and researcher at the University of Bonn, where she has headed the research project "Framing the `Revolution' in Yemen", which the University of Bonn coordinated together with the Yemen Polling Center, and "Academic Approaches to Peace-building and State-building in Yemen", co-implemented with the Gender Development Research and Studies Center (GDRSC) at Sana?a University. She holds a PhD in Social Anthropology from the University of Bielefeld and is editor of the Jemen-Report, the magazine of the German-Yemeni Society. She also frequently works as a consultant on Yemen and has published widely on social and political change in the country.
Introduction: The 'New Yemen': A History of the Present. Marie-Christine HeinzePART I: Visions and Strategies I: Political and Religious ActorsChapter 1: The Islah Party Caught in the 'Revolutionary Process': Between Alleged Hegemony and Lessons Learned from Egypt. Laurent BonnefoyChapter 2: National Belonging in Houthi Political Rhetoric: A Critical Stylistic Analysis of Ansarullah's Proposals to the National Dialogue Conference. Gibreel Sadeq AlaghbaryChapter 3: Visions of Statehood: Ansar Allah and the Second Republic. Marieke BrandtChapter 4: The Uprising in Yemen and its Impact on the Country's Salafi Movement. Judit KuschnitzkiChapter 5: The Ismailis in Yemen and their Participation in the Upheavals. Hamoud NaofalPART II: Visions and Strategies II: The Southern IssueChapter 6: The Youth of Aden: A Conflict of Identity. Farouq IbrahimChapter 7: 'Jil al?Wahda' Remembers: Family Memories as Contested Spaces in Southern Yemen. Anne-Linda Amira AugustinChapter 8: The Southern Yemeni Cause and the Seekers of the Lost Identity. Susanne DahlgrenChapter 9: The Mobilisation of Yemen's Eastern Tribes: Mahra's Self?Organisation Model. Elisabeth KendallPART III: Visions and Strategies III: Social ActorsChapter 10: Challenging Norms through Art, Music and Media: A Youth Counterculture Emerging? Mareike TransfeldChapter 11: Skepticism among Intellectual Youth in Yemen. Abdulsalam al-RubaidiChapter 12: Negotiating Women's Empowerment in the NDC. Nadia al-SakkafChapter 13: Women in the 'New Yemen': Towards a Political Culture of Feminist Resistance. Ewa K. StrzeleckaPART IV: Contexts and Changing ConceptsChapter 14: Dialogue, National and Theatrical: The Arab Spring and its Aftermath, as Portrayed on the Yemeni Stage. Katherine HennesseyChapter 15: The Media Structure in Yemen in the Post?Revolutionary Transitional Period. Murad Alazzany and Robert SharpChapter 16: The Politics of Governance in Yemen's Negotiated Transition. Tobias ThielChapter 17: It Takes a Tribe to Conserve a Village: New Approaches to Cultural Production and Preservation in Yemen. Stephen SteinbeiserChapter 18: Can Decentralization Save the State in Yemen? Maria-Louise Clausen