• Electoral Game of Chicken in Yemen

    Electoral Game of Chicken in Yemen

    Gregory Johnsen
    February 03, 2009

    The principal opposition coalition is threatening to boycott April parliamentary elections.

  • How Democratic is Yemen?

    Iris Glosemeyer
    August 26, 2008

    The Republic of Yemen looks relatively democratic compared to its neighbors. While Saudi Arabia is now holding local elections and smaller Gulf states have taken modest steps towards increased political participation in recent years, until now only the Kuwaiti parliament (the only such assembly in the world elected by a small male electorate) has been a force to be reckoned with.

  • Yemen's Elections: No Islamist Backlash

    Amy Hawthorne
    August 26, 2008

    Islah, Yemen's Islamist party, had its poorest showing yet in elections for the lower house of parliament on April 27, 2003. Islah won just 46 of 301 seats, down from 56 in 1997 and 63 in 1993. Islah gained nine new seats in the capital, Sanaa, but lost in several traditional strongholds. The ruling General People's Congress (GPC) party gained a more-than-comfortable 75 percent majority.

  • Between the Sanaa Declaration and the Old Formula of Arab Politics

    François Burgat
    August 22, 2008

    In January, Yemen hosted a high-profile conference on democracy, human rights and the role of the international criminal court, attended by more than 800 officials from 52 countries. Conference participants signed the ambitious "Sanaa Declaration," committing their respective countries to uphold democratic processes, institutions and values.

  • Economic and Political Deterioration in Yemen

    Sarah Phillips
    August 20, 2008

    There is a traditional saying that to rule Yemen is like riding a lion, and President Ali Abdullah Saleh is no stranger to the demands of political survival. His twenty-seven years in power have refined his skills as a master of compromise among the disparate interests of tribal groups, Islamists, socialists, Saudi Arabia, and the West.

  • Women's Political Status in the GCC States

    Ebtisam Al Kitbi
    August 20, 2008

    A survey of women's political status in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states shows that in some countries women have recently made considerable progress toward formal equality of political rights, but in others they have not. The governing elite in the GCC countries generally supports women's political rights, but strong social sentiment against women's participation in politics persists.

  • Trying to Restore Reform Credentials in Yemen

    Gregory Johnsen
    August 19, 2008

    President Ali Abdullah Saleh's bid for reelection is requiring more effort than anticipated for a man in his twenty-eighth year of power—but not because he faces real competition. He is unlikely to face a serious challenger in the September presidential election, as none of the eleven potential candidates seem capable of gaining the requisite approval vote from the two house of parliament.

  • Interview with Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Malik al-Mutawakkil, assistant secretary-general of Yemen's Federation for Popular Forces

    Dr. Muhammad Abd al-Malik al-Mutawakkil
    August 19, 2008

    The JMP effort was indispensable to create a balance between civil society institutions on the one hand and the military and tribal institutions on the other, which is critical to democracy. Five political parties formed the JMP: the Islah, Socialist, Nasserite, and al-Haqq parties, and the FPF

  • Empty Economic Reforms Slow Yemen's Bid to Join the GCC

    Gregory D. Johnsen
    August 19, 2008

    In November 2006, Yemen walked away from a two-day donor conference in London with $4.7 billion in pledges over the next four years. The conference was a necessity for Yemen, an extremely poor country with a dire economic outlook for the coming decade.

  • Balancing Realism and Reform on the Arab Periphery

    Jeremy Sharp
    August 18, 2008

    In an ironic turn of events, Yemen's September 20 presidential and local elections garnered extensive favorable coverage by the normally critical Al Jazeera, while they received only scant attention from the U.S. government, heretofore eager to highlight any sign of reform in Arab states.

  • Yemen's Opposition Hopes to Gain in Elections by Government Mistakes

    Sarah Phillips
    August 18, 2008

    Yemen's presidential and local elections are scheduled simultaneously for September 20, and many locals expect them to be the country's most contentious yet. Despite the practical certainty that President Ali Abdullah Saleh will keep his job, Yemen's precarious political and economic situation means that there is still plenty for the opposition to fight for.

  • The Effectiveness of Human Rights Commissions in the Arab World

    Moataz El Fegiery
    August 12, 2008

    In the Arab world, what UN literature calls national human rights institutions (NHRIs) have emerged in recent years. A few of them—for example in Morocco and Palestine—have attained a degree of autonomy in confronting governments.

  • Where is the Tipping Point for Yemeni Stability?

    Jeremy Sharp
    August 08, 2008

    It often takes a crisis to rivet our collective attention on problems such as those facing Yemen, a society that seems to be perpetually on the verge of collapse.

  • Economic and Regional Challenges in Yemen

    Intissar Fakir
    August 08, 2008

    As troubling as security issues are in Yemen, they are by no means the only threats to stability. Problems in the economy, institution building, and regional disputes might not grab headlines the way that terrorism and other security challenges do, but they are just as important.

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