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Yemen’s National Dialogue

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March 21, 2013

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Contents Overcoming the Pitfalls of Yemen’s National Dialogue . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Consolidating Uncertainty in Yemen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Can Yemen be a Nation United?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Yemen’s Southern Intifada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Best Friends Forever for Yemen’s Revolutionaries?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 A Shake Up in Yemen’s GPC?. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Hot Pants: A Visit to Ousted Yemeni Leader Ali Abdullah Saleh’s New Presidential Museum. . . . . 23 Triage for a fracturing Yemen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Building a Yemeni state while losing a nation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Yemen’s Rocky Roadmap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Don’t call Yemen a “failed state” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38

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Online Article Index Overcoming the Pitfalls of Yemen’s National Dialogue http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/03/18/overcoming_the_pitfalls_of_yemen_s_national_dialogue Consolidating Uncertainty in Yemen http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/02/22/consolidating_uncertainty_in_yemen Can Yemen be a Nation United? http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/03/14/can_yemen_be_a_nation_united Yemen’s Southern Intifada http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/03/13/yemen_s_southern_intifada Best Friends Forever for Yemen’s Revolutionaries? http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/03/19/best_friends_forever_for_yemens_revolutionaries?wp_login_redirect=0 A Shake Up in Yemen’s GPC? http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/02/22/a_shake_up_in_yemen_s_gpc Hot Pants: A Visit to Ousted Yemeni Leader Ali Abdullah Saleh’s New Presidential Museum http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2013/03/14/hot_pants_yemen_saleh_museum Triage for a fracturing Yemen http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/31/triage_for_a_fracturing_yemen Building a Yemeni state while losing a nation http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/10/28/building_a_yemeni_state_at_the_loss_of_a_nation Yemen’s Rocky Roadmap http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2012/12/10/yemens_rocky_roadmap Don’t call Yemen a “failed state” http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/03/30/don_t_call_yemen_a_failed_state

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emen began its long-awaited National Dialogue Conference this week in Sanaa. The NDC hoped to find some zone of consensus for moving forward in its transition from the long rule of Ali Abdullah Saleh. It has been beset by many problems of representation, withdrawals and boycotts, deeply entrenched divisions, and the perception of irrelevance to the real problems of Yemenis. For a while it loo