Presented by the Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED) and the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East 

Thursday, October 25, 2012
10:00 am – 11:30 am
Atlantic Council

More than a year and a half after the start of the nation’s revolution, Yemen is poised to start the National Dialogue process in mid-November – a critical step in the country’s transition. With this in mind, a wide array of international actors have stepped in to aid the nation on political, economic, and humanitarian levels in order to ensure its success, yet many serious concerns and difficulties remain.

What expectations exist, both internationally and domestically, for the National Dialogue, and how should outside actors support the nation’s reconciliation process? What challenges – political, economic, security and social – does Yemen still face, and what role can the international community play in overcoming these obstacles to stability? How has money pledged by the U.S and other countries through the Friends of Yemen affected the transition and the prospects for genuine change in Yemen?


Atiaf Alwazir
Co-founder, SupportYemen Campaign
Laura Kasinof
Former New York Times Reporter in Yemen
Ibrahim Mothana
Co-founder, Watan Party
Advisory Committee Member, Arab Thought Foundation
Moderator: Stephen McInerney
Executive Director, Project on Middle East Democracy


For a summary of the event, click here.
For audio from the event, visit the Atlantic Council’s site here.