A Genealogy of Conflict: An Interior View of the War in Yemen

March 11, 2021
A Genealogy of Conflict

The Project on Shi'ism and Global Affairs hosted an event with Marieke Brandt, a senior researcher at the Institute for Social Anthropology (ISA) of the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, on the subject of the contemporary war in Yemen. The full paper of the report can be viewed below.

Abstract: Over the past years, the war in Yemen developed many internal and external dynamics. The focus of international observers and the media is often more on its regional political contexts, thereby largely disregarding the local dynamics of this conflict whose roots go back far into the history of Yemen. This lecture gives an insight into the local history of this conflict, with a special focus on the roots of Zaydi revivalism in highland Yemen and the emergence of the Zaydi “Ḥūthīs” (also called Ansar Allah), as well as interlinked tribal, socio-historical, and political dynamics in Yemen that explain the Ḥūthī conflict’s onset persistence and expansion.

To see the full report, click here.