Yemen in Crisis

Yemen in Crisis:The Road to War

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Expert analysis of Yemen’s social and political crisis, with profound implications for the fate of the Arab World

The democratic promise of the 2011 Arab Spring has unraveled in Yemen, triggering a disastrous crisis of civil war, famine, militarization, and governmental collapse with serious implications for the future of the region.

Fueled by Arab and Western intervention, the civil war has quickly escalated, resulting in thousands killed and millions close to starvation. Suffering from a collapsed economy, the people of Yemen face a desperate choice between the Huthi rebels on the one side and the internationally recognized government propped up by the Saudi-led coalition and Western arms on the other.

In this invaluable analysis, Helen Lackner uncovers the roots of the social and political conflicts that threaten the very survival of the state and its people.

With a new preface exploring the U.S.’s central role in the crisis.

Reviews

  • Comprehensive and in-depth, backed up by statistics and enriched with [Lackner’s] own insights into the major political, social and economic transformations of half a century.’

    The Jordan Times
  • An outstanding book that provides answers to all of the questions raised by Yemen’s many crises since 2011. Written with compassion and insight, Lackner confirms her standing as the foremost authority on Yemeni politics at work today.’

    Eugene Rogan, University of Oxford
  • An eminently valuable account of Yemen’s modern history and current travails by someone who has made it her life’s work to understand the country and its people.’

    Roger Owen, Harvard University