Yemen’s Awakening?

Reporting from Change Square, Sanaa

Following 10 months of popular protests calling for his resignation, Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh signed an agreement to transfer power to his vice president. But with five protesters killed in a demonstration a day later — and given Saleh’s recent return to Yemen — will the agreement hold up? What are the prospects for a transition to democracy?

Laura Kasinof, a New York Times correspondent who has reported from Sanaa since 2009, reflected on Yemen’s uprising and discussed the elections now scheduled for February 2012. The conversation also explored Yemen’s opposition movements, U.S. counterterrorism policy in Yemen, and the Saudi role in this Arabian Peninsula state.

Participants

Featured Speaker
Laura Kasinof
Correspondent in Yemen, The New York Times
 
Discussant
Mohammed Albasha
Spokesman, Embassy of the Republic of Yemen
 
Moderator

Jonathan Guyer
Program Associate, Middle East Task Force, New America Foundation
Assistant Editor, The Middle East Channel

Event Time and Location

Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 12:15pm - 1:45pm
New America Foundation
1899 L Street NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

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