VOMENA: February 25th, 2015

Sheila Carapico On The unfolding Political crisis in Yemen

carapicoOn February 5, the Houthi rebels in Yemen ousted the government in the capital Sanaa and dissolved the parliament. The Houthis announced that they were forming a five-member presidential council that would replace President Hadi for an interim two-year period and appointed  a “revolutionary committee” would be in charge of forming a new parliament with 551 members. As the Houthis tighten their grip on power, the political turmoil, which has engulfed Yemen for that past four years, appears to continue. Is the Houthi advance evidence of Yemen’s imminent collapse? What hope is there for the country?

This week, Shahram Aghamir speaks with University of Richmond political scientist Sheila Carapico about the situation leading up to  the Houthis’ march into the Yemen’s capital and takeover of the government. She is the co-author of “The breakdown of GCC Initiative”, published in the Middle East Research and Information Project. You can read her article here.


 Additional Resources:

Reflections on the political situation in Yemen

President Abdrabbuh Mansour escapes house arrest

Analysis of Houthi government isolation

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