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Yemen in Crisis


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Table of Contents

Maps 8; Glossary 11; Note on Transliteration and Abbreviations 15; Timeline 17; Preface 23; Chapter 1. How the 2011 Uprising and the Transition Led to War 33; Chapter 2. Yemen and the World 67; Chapter 3. The Two Yemeni Republics and Unification 96; Chapter 4. Islamism: Reality and Myth 122; Chapter 5. The Huthi Movement: From Nowhere to Centre Stage 147; Chapter 6. Southern Separatism in Perspective 167; Chapter 7. From Tribes to Elites 190; Chapter 8. Resources Scarcity and Their Capture: Matters of Life and Death 217; Chapter 9. The Economy 235; Chapter 10. The Rural-Urban Nexus 261; Conclusion: Whither Yemen? 287; Notes 297; Select Bibliography and Further Reading 315; Index 321;

About the Author

Helen Lackner has worked as a consultant in social aspects of rural development in over thirty countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and Europe. She has spent the past four decades researching Yemen, working in the country for fifteen years. She is currently the editor of the Journal of the British-Yemeni Society and is a regular contributor to Oxford Analytica's briefs and to openDemocracy. Her publications include Why Yemen Matters: A Society in Transition.


`A fascinating description of the shift from a traditional world ... to a modern society.' New York Review of Books; `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; `Lackner's book provides crucial background and detail which can help untangle this complex picture.' Socialist Review; `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; `A superb book written by an outstanding author whose knowledge of Yemen is unparalleled. She combines elegant writing with incisive and lucid analysis to reveal the political, economic and social causes of Yemen's instability and the origins of its current crisis. Both specialists and those new to the country will find this book an indispensable guide to understanding Yemen's profound and tragic problems - and what its future holds for its people, the region and internationally.' Dr Noel Brehony CMG, former Chairman British-Yemeni Society; `Few scholars would be better suited to review Yemen's recent history ... [Lackner's] first-hand experience and long-term involvement in the country's fortunes have provided her with unique insights into its social, political and economic development. ... Immensely valuable ... [Lackner's] representations are balanced, erudite and objective. Of all the books that have been published in recent years on Yemen's post-2011 crisis and its historical roots, this stands out.' Marieke Brandt, Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA), Austrian Academy of Sciences, LSE blog

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