Eight years of brutally destructive war have dramatically transformed Yemeni society. While international peace brokers focus on reaching a formal peace agreement, Yemeni civil actors advance justice projects that address longstanding grievances. Authoritarian rule, popular revolution, and Yemen’s social institutions have each contributed to the context in which civil actors engage in peacebuilding today. This talk explores innovative projects emerging from Yemeni civil society and shows why many Yemenis feel they cannot wait for a formal agreement to pursue justice and build peace in their communities.
Stacey Philbrick Yadav is an Associate Professor of International Relations at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. An expert on the politics of Yemen, her work focuses on the role of civil actors in the context of armed conflict. A co-founder of the Institute for Global Studies at HWS, she teaches courses that explore the relationship between borders, belonging, and rights in the Middle East and North Africa. She is chair of the American Political Science Association’s MENA Politics section, where she has been active in advancing a project exploring ethical and practical dimensions of transnational research collaboration.