Noel Brehony & Manuel Almeida
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Author and Middle East expert Noel Brehony will be in conversation with Manuel Almeida. They will discuss why Yemen, sensitive neighbour of Saudi Arabia and strategically vital to Middle East security, has veered towards massive instability, looking at the history and influence of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen today.
This event celebrates the launch of the paperback edition of Yemen Divided, which tells for the first time the comprehensive history of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY). Brehony explains the power politics that came to form a communist republic a few hundred miles from the holiest site in Islam, and the process and conflicts that led to Yemeni unification in 1990. The impact of PDRY is still felt today as unrest continues to escalate across the south, and Yemen Divided is an important book for anyone wanting to understand why.
Noel Brehony was in Aden in the early years of the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen and followed events there until unity in 1990. He is a Research Associate at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and has been chairman of the Middle East Association and the Council for British Research in the Levant and President of the British Society of Middle East Studies. He is currently chairman of the British Yemeni Society. Manuel Almeida is the assistant editor in chief of the The Majalla magazine.