This talk will address some of the contemporary issues in Yemen such as the ongoing humanitarian crisis, the Southern Transitional Council in Aden, Houthi negotiations, the Riyadh Agreement, the first cases of COVID-19 in Yemen, and UN diplomatic efforts while reflecting on historical precedence and contextualization.
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Asher Orkaby, PhD is an associate research scholar at Princeton University’s Transregional Institute. He earned his PhD from Harvard University in International History and Middle Eastern Studies and is the author of Beyond the Arab Cold War: The International History of the Yemen Civil War, 1962-68 (Oxford University Press, 2017). Orkaby is also the author of a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, What Everyone Needs to Know About Yemen. Over the course of the current conflict in Yemen, he has contributed regularly to Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, and many other policy publications and has commented on both English and Arabic media such as CSPAN, CGTN, Waqt News and Al-Hurra. His current research focuses on the history of chemical warfare in the Middle East.