Yemen is an ancient country with over 2800 years of history. Located in southern Arabia, Yemen controlled the Spice Trade and established a civilization that extended its rule to the whole Arabian Peninsula and the horn of Africa.
Yemen is now experiencing one of the most tragic conflicts of our time. In the wake of the Arab Spring, the dreams of Yemeni people turned into a nightmare with a violent conflict that is entering its sixth year. The Yemeni state collapsed, leaving the ground for militant groups that turned the country into a ruin. Yemen has become a battle ground fueled by countries like Saudi Arabia, UAE, Iran, Qatar, Oman, and the USA; all striving to maintain and increase their influence in the region.
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Kais Al-Iriani is an independent researcher from Yemen. After 15 years of work in international development, where he cofounded the Social Fund for Development, Yemen’s largest development agency, Kais witnessed his country slipping into conflict and shifted his focus to conflict studies. In 2015, he moved to the USA where he did studies in conflict resolution and earned a master’s degree for his thesis on preventative diplomacy and the role of the UN in the Yemen conflict. While in the USA, he advocated for peace in Yemen. In Canada, he continues his studies in conflict and advocacy for peace. In 2019 he cofounded the Friends of Yemen Organization, an initiative that aims to bring awareness and help Yemeni people.