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1st Edition

Poverty and Conflict

ISBN 9780367180508
Published July 15, 2022 by Routledge
184 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Focusing on the fundamental reasons underlying the lasting crisis of the Yemeni Civil War, this book frames contemporary Yemen and assesses prospects beyond the conflict, identifying the factors which will determine its future internal and international characteristics.

Building on Helen Lackner’s profound experience in Yemen, this volume discusses Yemen’s history and state formation, the main political institutions emerging since the Republic of Yemen was established and their role in the war, including the significance of current fragmentation. The volume goes on to discuss climate change, including the water scarcity issue, in the context of resource constraints to economic development and the role of migration. Rural and urban life, as well as the impact of international development and humanitarian aid, are also covered, together with Yemen’s international relations – its interaction with its neighbours as well as Western states. Looking forward, it suggests the type of policies able to give Yemenis the conditions needed for a reasonable standard of living.

Thanks to analysis of determining events, the book will appeal to politicians, diplomats, humanitarian organizations, security analysts, researchers on the Middle East and those generally interested in Yemen. It will also be an essential text for students of international relations, political economy, failing states, development studies and contemporary Middle Eastern history.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 1. Modern State Formation, 2. Politics and the Disintegration of a Nation, 3. Constraints on Economic Development, 4. International Relations, Conclusion

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Helen Lackner is Associate Researcher, Middle East Institute, SOAS and Visiting Fellow at the European Council for Foreign Relations (ECFR).


"Yemen: Poverty and Conflict is an outstanding work by an author with profound knowledge of the country and will endure as essential reading for all interested in the future of Yemen."

Dr Noel Brehony, Honorary Vice President and former Chair of the British Yemeni Society


"Lackner has written another valuable and perceptive book on Yemen. Focusing on politics, economics and society, this book is a well-informed, sober and insightful account based on facts and experience gained during her long periods of being in the field. It provides fresh insights into one of the most neglected crises in world affairs."

Marieke Brandt, Institute for Social Anthropology, Austrian Academy of Sciences, and author of Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict