Yemen after Geneva:  What future for peace efforts in Yemen?


10th October, 2018

Saleh Al-Batati, Yemeni freelance journalist

Adam Baron, Visiting Fellow, ECFR

Amanda Brydon, Humanitarian and Conflict Advocacy Adviser, Save the Children UK

Chaired by:

Camille Lons, MENA Programme Coordinator, ECFR

Wednesday 10 October 2018, 09:00-10:00 (registration from 08.45)

Venue: ECFR, 4th Floor, Tennyson House, 159-165 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PA

Please register to [email protected]


The European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) cordially invites you to a Black Coffee Morning discussion on the future of Yemen after the collapse of the latest Geneva consultations. 

Last month, after much preparations, UN-backed consultations led by Special Envoy Martin Griffiths broke down when the delegation from the Houthi controlled capital, Sanaa, did not join the talks. Since then, the situation on the ground in Yemen has continued to worsen, including with greater fighting around the key port city of Hudayda and tensions in the south. The rapid devaluation of the Yemeni rial has threatened to exacerbate Yemen’s ongoing humanitarian and economic crisis. 

The panellists will consider how these developments impact the prospects of political efforts in Yemen. How will the county’s continued destabilisation effect the wider region? And what can actors like Europe do to attempt to reverse, or stem, Yemen’s wider decline?


Saleh al-Batati (@salehalbatati1) is an Aden-based freelance journalist. He broke into journalism in 2012 reporting from South Yemen for the first English-speaking newspaper in Yemen, the Yemen Times. Since 2015, he has been working for as a stringer from Yemen for the Wall Street Journal. Saleh also contributed to Al Jazeera English. 

Adam Baron (@adammbaron) is a Visiting Fellow for ECFR's Middle East and North Africa Programme. Adam was previously based in Sanaa, Yemen, from 2011 to 2014, where he worked as a journalist, reporting for the Christian Science Monitor, the Economist and the McClatchy newspapers. He is also also an International Security programme Fellow at New America. He is the author of the ECFR report "The Marib paradox: How one province succeeds in the midst of Yemen's war" (June 2018).

Amanda Brydon (@Amanda_Brydon) is a Humanitarian and Conflict Advocacy Adviser at Save the Children UK. She works across country portfolios in the Middle East and a thematic brief on the protection of civilians. Prior to this, she led Amnesty International’s Advocacy and Government Relations team in New Zealand, before moving to Beirut to work in Policy Adviser roles for the Yemen and Lebanon country teams of Oxfam.

Camille Lons (@CamilleLons) is the Programme Coordinator of the Middle East and North Africa programme at ECFR. Her topics of interest include the Gulf politics and security cooperation. She previously conducted field research for local NGOs in Jordan and Lebanon on the spill over effects of the Syrian conflict. She divides her time between the ECFR London and Paris office.

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