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Abstract Details

 
AUTHOR NAME
 
Family Name:
Manea
 
First Name:
Elham
 
ABSTRACT OF PAPER
 
Title of Paper:
Disintegration, Federation or planned Separation: Yemen on a Cross Road
 
Paper Proposal Text :
The Huthi movement’s takeover of Sana’a and its unilateral coup have raised many eyebrows. It further complicated a confusing picture and shaken an already destabilized situation. Yet a closer look at the Huthi coup reveals an established pattern of what I call the politics of the ‘cunning state’. At the moment two concurrent developments are taking place: an established pattern of diffusion of instability is on-going and repeated by members of old elites; while simultaneously one political group (the Huthi movement) is attempting to assume authority and exert control over areas considered outside the realm of state’s authority. These attempts have left the Huthis isolated and are being contested by different political/tribal/Jihadist groups, chief among them a divided Southern movement, Islah Party and its political and tribal allies, and Qaeda militias with their tribal allies. In addition, regional resistance to the Huthi’s incursion has been coloured by religious and sectarian affiliations, which further intensify the crisis. Yemen therefore stands at a crossroad. Three scenarios are equally possible: one of disintegration, one of federation and one of planned and calculated separation. This paper will weigh these options and analyse their pros and cons.
 
 
 

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