Past event


Yemeni Detainees and Jihadis: Guantanamo Repatriation and Saudi Arabia

Chatham House, London


David Remes, Legal Director, Appeal for Justice
Dr Mai Yamani, author, Cradle of Islam: The Hijaz and the Quest for an Arabian Identity
Chair: Nadim Shehadi, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House


More than a third of the detainees at the US Detention Facility at Guantánamo Bay are Yemeni. Other countries, notably Saudi Arabia, have repatriated some of their nationals but Yemen has been unable to provide sufficiently firm security guarantees to satisfy the US government; hence the tricky question of the Yemeni detainees remains unresolved. Saudi Arabia's experience of counter-terrorism and deprogramming may prove valuable. The speakers will discuss this situation and explore the links between Yemen and Saudi Arabia through the growing presence of Saudi jihadis in Yemen, which reflects the increasingly transnational nature of Al-Qaeda networks in the Arabian peninsula.