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Helen Lackner is a visiting fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations and a research associate at SOAS University of London. Her most recent book is Yemen in Crisis: Autocracy, Neo-Liberalism and the Disintegration of a State (Saqi Books, 2017; Verso in the United States, 2019; Arabic translation, 2020). She is the editor of the annual Journal of the British-Yemeni Society. She is a regular contributor to Open Democracy, Arab Digest, and Oxford Analyticaamong other outlets. She has spoken on the Yemeni crisis in many public forums, including in the UK House of Commons.

Her earlier career as a rural development consultant took her to more than 30 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and Europe, where she worked on a wide range of projects. In recent years, she has refocused on in-depth analytic work and writing. She now mainly writes about the crisis in Yemen, a country with which she has been involved since the early 1970s and where she lived for more than 15 years between the 1970s and the 2010s.


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    Richard Gowan - 22 July, 2010

    In its advisory opinion of 22 July 2010, the International Court of Justice said that Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence from Serbia in February 2008 "did not violate general international law". But is statehood the real question hanging over Kosovo? Richard Gowan…

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    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 20 July, 2010

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    PIGS can fly

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 13 July, 2010

    Spain's footballing triumph at the World Cup came as a welcome distraction for the Spanish people. Their economy is a shambles; their politicians are struggling to do their jobs; and the Spanish presidency of the EU badly damaged their international reputation. But at least…

    The BRIC bloc

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 7 July, 2010

    The Political West (the US, Europe and Japan) are in the doldrums while the BRICs keep growing. A third of world economic growth in the last decade has taken place in BRIC countries. So far, so good for the BRICs. But what next?

    Euro crisis: Europe's crisis?

    ECFR - 5 July, 2010

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    ECFR - 5 July, 2010

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    François Godement - 1 July, 2010

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    Happy birthday, Congo!

    Richard Gowan & Alice Richard - 30 June, 2010

    Fifty years after gaining independence, the Democratic Republic of Congo remains deeply unstable. The help of China and the EU is needed to limit the dangers. But one is more likely than the other to lend a hand.

    Farewell, presidencies

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 29 June, 2010

    Spain's EU presidency fell far short of expectations, but it was handed a presidency without precedent. One thing is certain: a foreign relations system based on holding summits without content has no future at all.

    British foreign policy in Europe and the world

    ECFR - 28 June, 2010

    The European Council on Foreign Relations hosted two high-profile seminars to mark the opening of their new London offices in Westminster. The first of these looked at 'British foreign policy in Europe and the world', and included a panel discussion with Malcolm Rifkind, Timothy…

    Germany's withdrawal symptoms

    Hans Kundnani - 25 June, 2010

    The euro crisis seems to have revealed a more inward-looking and nationalistic Germany. But Germany?s shift towards the domestic is more subtle than it appears. And it is certainly not just a recent development.