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We try to keep a close eye on Yemen here at the Middle East Channel. So I’m happy to post the latest video in the POMEPS Conversations series (subscribe here to the podcast), where I sit down with Stacey Philbrick Yadav of Hobart and William Smith Colleges for a short conversation about Yemen’s National Dialogue. She really has some interesting points to make about the changing roles, identities and attitudes of Yemeni protestors and the nature of the emerging political transition. For more from Yadav on Yemen, see "Best Friends Forever for Yemen’s Revolutionaries?" (March 19, 2013).

For a roundup of recent articles, see POMEPS Brief #19 "Yemen’s National Dialogue." Even more recently on Foreign Policy, check out: "Saving the South of Yemen From Itself", by Fatima Abou Alasrar;  "Yemen’s Power Wedding," by Adam Baron; "Can Yemen Talk Itself to Peace", by Farea al-Muslimi and Laura Kasinof.  If you haven’t seen it already, I’d also recommend "Yemen’s Military-Security Reform: Seeds of a New Conflict?" from the International Crisis Group (April 2013). I’ve also just been reading Michael Knights, "The Military Role in Yemen’s Protests", in the new issue of  Journal of Strategic Studies,  which has some interesting perspective on the interaction between tribes and the Yemeni military during the uprising of the last two years.

Also, I’m about halfway through Jeremy Scahill’s Dirty Wars,
which really does a great public service with its unflinching look at
the political, legal and human dimensions of the U.S. drone program. 
It’s not only about Yemen, obviously, but it plays a lead role in his
investigation of the "global battlefield" as defined in both the Bush
and Obama administrations.  It’s a very good read, especially paired with Gregory Johnsen’s The Last Refuge.