Ending the Suffering in Yemen: What Can Be Done?

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This joint event with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) will look at the drivers of the conflict, the humanitarian impact and the view from the West.

The Yemen conflict has entered its fourth year, creating what the UN has called the world’s largest humanitarian emergency. With 22 million people requiring lifesaving assistance and ongoing attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure by all sides of the conflict, the impact for the people of Yemen has been devastating.


The conflict itself has splintered into a collection of several wars, with each group fighting to secure its own interests and so efforts at ending the conflict have come to little.


Creating a lasting peace will require tackling the underlying drivers of the conflict, ensuring the safety and security of the people of Yemen and establishing unity of vision amongst international actors.



Sterling Roop has spent his career working in East and Horn of Africa conducting policy focused research on governance, political economy, peacebuilding, conflict, and displacement. In his role with the IRC Sterling conducts research that examines how to better address acute need in countries in crisis and to support durable solutions in protracted displacement contexts in East and Horn of Africa. Using mixed methods to develop empirically based advocacy focused research, specifically seeking to influence global humanitarian and development reform processes such as the Comprehensive Refugee Resettlement Framework (CRRF) and the Global Compact for Refugees.

Baraa Shiban is a Middle East and North Africa Caseworker at Reprieve. Prior to this role, Baraa was Reprieve’s Yemen Project Coordinator, investigating drone strikes across Yemen. Baraa also served as a youth representative in Yemen’s National Dialogue (a body charged with negotiating solutions to Yemen’s challenges and, where necessary, revising its laws). Baraa is a Business Administration graduate and was involved with a number of civil society organizations in Yemen from 2006-2011. In 2011, he played a significant role in peaceful demonstrations against Ali Abdullah Saleh, helping run a media centre in Sana’a’s Change Square.As Reprieve’s Yemen Project Coordinator Baraa interviewed witnesses and civilian victims of US airstrikes around Yemen, including people from Rada’a, Khashamir, Wessab, and towns in Ayban and Marib. Baraa speaks Arabic and English.

Dr Noel Brehony CMG, joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office after completing a PhD on Libya and research on the West Bank. He served in Kuwait, Yemen, Jordan and Egypt. He was subsequently director of Middle East Affairs for Rolls-Royce. He is a past president of the British Society for Middle East Studies and past chair the British YemenI Society and currently chairman of Menas Associates. He is author of “Yemen Divided: the story of a failed state in South Arabia”, published in 2011, was co-editor of “Hadhramaut and its Diaspora: Yemeni Politics, Identity and Migration”, published in 2016, and co-editor of “Rebuilding Yemen: Political, Economic and Social Challenges”, published in 2015.


For further information about this, please contact Tim Williams at TimW@rusi.org

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