Yemen: On the Brink of Civil War?
Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office (2010-13)
Kate Nevens, Head of MENA, Saferworld
Baraa Shiban, Yemen Project Coordinator, Reprieve UK
Chair: Sebastian Usher, Middle East Editor, BBC World Service
Following the takeover of the government by Houthi rebels, Yemen has become increasingly unstable. The Houthis face violent resistance from Sunni tribesmen and Al-Qaeda fighters in the south, as well as a continuing political challenge from the country’s ousted president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, who has resumed official duties from the southern city of Aden. The panel will consider the international efforts needed to prevent Yemen from sliding into civil war, as well as examining the impact of the collapse of central authority on regional stability.