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Yemen Policy under Biden: Opportunities and Challenges

Yemen Policy under Biden: Opportunities and Challenges

Date(s) - 02/18/2021
10:00 am - 11:30 am

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Arab Center Washington DC


Yemen Policy under Biden: Opportunities and Challenges
Thursday, February 18, 2021
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM ET
Via Zoom Webinar
The war in Yemen that began in December 2014 has resulted in the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with an estimated 100,000 people killed, 4 million displaced, and 24 million in need of humanitarian assistance. When President Biden took office in January 2021, his administration suspended some of the terrorism sanctions that former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed on Yemen’s Houthi rebels. The new administration also temporarily halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates and recently announced that the US will no longer support military operations in Yemen, but will support the United Nations’ initiative to impose a ceasefire, open humanitarian channels, and restore peace talks. Meanwhile, intermittent talks, ceasefires, and prisoner exchange agreements between the Saudi-led coalition and Houthi groups have not led to resolving Yemen’s six-year war. Speakers at this webinar will provide an update on the situation in the country and its humanitarian conditions, analyze the framework and outlook for the ongoing peace talks and UN initiatives, examine the impact and implications of US policy shifts under President Biden, and assess the prospects for ending the war in Yemen.
Abdulwahab Alkebsi
Managing Director for Programs, Center for International Private Enterprise
Nadwa Al-Dawsari
Non-Resident Scholar, Middle East Institute
Sama’a Al-Hamdani
Yemen Analyst and Media Commentator
Founder and Executive Director, Yemen Cultural Institute
Nabeel Khoury
Senior Nonresident Fellow, Atlantic Council
Former DCM, US Embassy in Sana’a (2004-2007)
Summer Nasser
Chief Executive Officer, Yemen Aid
Khalil E. Jahshan – Moderator
Executive Director, Arab Center Washington DC
In addition to Zoom, the webinar will be available on our website
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