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Adding to the Controversy? Civil Society’s Evaluation of the National Conference Dialogue in Yemen

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submitted on 2024-03-12, 06:04 and posted on 2024-03-12, 06:05 authored by Moosa Elayah, Luuk van Kempen, Lau Schulpen

This article assembles a picture of Yemen’s 2013–14 National Dialogue Conference (NDC) by collecting perspectives from local civil society organizations (CSOs), which are contrasted to the views of international commentators. Despite all efforts by internal parties as well as the international community, the dialogue failed to avert war, which broke out shortly after. Through interviews with 50 CSOs, we reconstructed the reasons for failure, as well as paying attention to the observed strengths of the dialogue. Half of the consulted organizations were directly involved in the NDC, either as an invited participant or in a brokerage role. The other half concerns outside observers. We identify aspects on which the opinion of the CSOs converge, but also highlight striking divergences depending on insider/outsider status. In contrast to the view espoused in the international literature, the CSOs overall feel that, in spite of all its procedural and substantive flaws, the NDC was a significant junction in the long road towards peace and stability and laid important groundwork for future dialogues.

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Published in: Journal of Intervention and Statebuilding
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  • English


Taylor & Francis

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  • 2020

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  • Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
  • School Of Economics Administration and Public Policy - DI

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