Small is recognized about the Yemeni diaspora’s engagement in current political developments in Yemen. This group of Yemenis contains specialists from diverse backgrounds who actively engage in efforts to increase the political and financial scenario in Yemen. This paper finds that Yemeni diaspora actors, specifically these who have departed from Yemen given that 2014, are a important, but largely untapped, resource for the international policymaking neighborhood. The poor mobilization and coordination amongst these Yemeni specialists is a significant challenge that is inseparable from the polarization in their dwelling nation. Nonetheless, they should really be essential partners in shaping the international and domestic policies that influence them and the scenario in Yemen.
This paper examines the efforts of Yemeni specialist diaspora members to influence, challenge, and shape policies addressing their country’s political crises. The capability of international policymakers, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), journalists, and researchers to access considerable components of Yemen remains severely restricted by the ongoing war. Yemenis outdoors of Yemen, on the other hand, are an right away accessible and indispensable resource for policymakers, and could assistance improve the latter’s influence throughout the conflict, transitional, and post-conflict periods.
The Yemeni specialist diaspora, on the other hand, is far from homogenous in its composition and objectives. Diaspora members disagree, for instance, on how greatest to revive the transitional procedure in Yemen. Nevertheless, they share popular frustrations concerning the international community’s engagement with them (or lack thereof) and concerning the conflict in Yemen extra broadly. Their overarching concern is that policymakers engage in a superficial, tokenizing manner with Yemenis each inside and outdoors of Yemen, irrespective of whether at domestic negotiations or peace talks.
3 principal observations emerge from this paper’s findings, which are largely primarily based on interviews with major members of the Yemeni specialist diaspora. 1st, the Yemeni diaspora serves a potent awareness-raising part by unpacking and underscoring the complexities of the nearby financial, political, and social dynamics of Yemen. Yemeni diaspora members aim to make sure that influential Western policymakers and the media are superior informed about the Yemeni context, and have consciously prioritized efforts to counter what they view as a superficial, misguided, and misinformed narrative upon which international actors overwhelmingly base their policies. Secondly, Yemeni diaspora actors have shared their knowledge and produced their nation physically accessible to foreign journalists and scholars. When challenges stay, this knowledge and access have nonetheless facilitated the production of superior-top quality journalism on the scenario in Yemen, specifically for Western audiences. Ultimately, regardless of deep divisions and aggressive polarization amongst Yemenis inside and outdoors of Yemen, the interviewees demonstrated that they agree on a quantity of policy approaches to assistance alleviate, or even finish, the conflict.
Rather than present policy suggestions for conflict resolution in Yemen, this paper alternatively foregrounds a largely overlooked set of actors – the Yemeni specialist diaspora – whose political engagement continues to be overshadowed by a misinformed and disinterested international neighborhood. It is their policy suggestions, informed by locally-primarily based Yemenis and supported by partnerships with international actors, that should really be at the center of reclaiming Yemen.