“Yemen 2014 – problems, solutions and prospects” , OxGAPS seminar in Oxford on 20 February

yemenWe are pleased to announce that the next OxGAPS event will be a seminar with the theme “Yemen 2014 – problems, solutions and prospects”. The event will take place on  Thursday, 20 February 2014 from 16.00 – 18.00 at the Middle East Centre, Woodstock Road (next to St Antony’s College). Coffee and registration start at 15.45.

The keynote speaker is Amat al-Alim Alsoswa, considered as Yemen’s most senior female politician, and a key protagonist of the current National Dialogue Conference.  Also on the panel will be Helen Lackner, editor of the new book  “Why Yemen matters: a society in transition” and Henry Thompson, Yemen specialist and Consultant to the oil and mining sectors on environmental impacts and community engagement strategies.

Amat al-Alim Alsoswa, was a member of the State Building Committee of the National Dialogue Conference in 2013 and chaired its sub committee tasked with the design of the Constitutional Drafting Committee. Between 2005 and 2012 she was UN Assistant Secretary-General responsible for the UNDP Bureau for Arab States where she initiated the highly acclaimed Arab Human Development Reports. In Yemen, she was both the first woman minister and the first Minister for Human Rights from 2003 to 2005 when she developed the Ministry’s mandate and initiated public televised hearings of international reports on Yemen’s human rights record. Prior to that, she had been Yemen’s first female Ambassador serving in the Kingdom of the Netherlands and other countries. She started her career as a journalist becoming Deputy Director of Programmes at Sana’a TV between 1984-86 and she also taught Political Science at Sana’a University. In the US, she received the W. Averell Harriman Democracy Award and France has appointed her Officer of the Ordre National de la Légion d’honneur de She has lectured extensively at Princeton, Harvard, Georgetown , and Hofstra universities. She is married with two children .

A full program of the event will be available shortly. Anyone wishing to participate needs to send an email with name and affiliation (if any) to office@oxgaps.info.

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