The UN-led Peace Talks for Yemen and the Southern Cause

20.06.2019, Public Research Seminar, OI Beirut

Abstract:
The war in Yemen is often portrayed and analyzed as a conflict between the Hadi government and the Houthis or as a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran. The so-called Southern Cause, i.e. the grievances in South Yemen, which originate from the marginalization of South Yemenis since Yemeni unification in 1990 and the subsequent war in 1994, is usually given little attention among diplomats, policy makers, researchers and the media, and is, therefore, overlooked. However, the outcome of the Southern Cause with its claims of reestablishing an independent state on the territory of the former People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen will have a decisive impact on the future of the Republic of Yemen. The talk will address the question why it is important to include South Yemeni stakeholders who are partisan to an independent South Yemeni state in the UN-led peace process that intends to end the war in Yemen.

Short Bio:
Anne-Linda Amira Augustin works as a political advisor in the Foreign Representation of the Southern Transitional Council in the European Union. She worked as a research associate in the research network “Re-Configurations. History, Remembrance and Transformation Processes in the Middle East and North Africa” at the Center for Near and Middle Eastern Studies at the Philipps-University Marburg (Germany), where she conducted research in and on South Yemen. She holds a PhD in Sociology and Middle Eastern Studies and authored different articles and book chapters on the Southern Movement and the independence struggle in South Yemen.

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