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Registration Now Open: The Third Yemen Exchange, June 26-July 1, Hosted In Beirut, Lebanon


The Exchange is an effort to promote professional and academic enrichment through a variety of small group, direct engagement conferences in the Middle East and North Africa.

During their stay, typically lasting five days to one week, participants from around the world listen to and question leading intellectuals, activists and politicians representing an array of different points of view in a specific country.

The first Exchange was launched in June 2008 in Beirut, Lebanon. Now, ten years on, more than 750 people from 51 different countries have attended 35 different Exchanges in the region.

Crucially, all of our programs are funded on the basis of fees paid by the participants themselves: There is no government, private or non-profit support, an aspect that we believe provides a relatively neutral platform for dialogue and understanding.

— Foreign diplomats;
— NGO practitioners;
— Researchers, analysts and journalists;
— Academics working on the region.

June 17-June 24, The Eleventh Tunis Exchange (Final Registration Deadline May 15)
June 26-July 1, The Third Yemen Exchange (Deadline I May 20)
The Third Yemen Exchange: 

An Intensive Course on Yemen
June 26-July 1, 2018/Deadline I, May 20

The Yemen Exchange is an intensive course offered by the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS) in partnership with Held in Beirut, Lebanon, the course is designed to provide unique access to information and analysis on Yemen for both those seeking to develop a working background on the country and to those already well versed in Yemeni dynamics.

During the six-day program participants from around the world will listen and engage with Yemeni politicians, bureaucrats, civil society actors, tribal figures, business leaders, academics and various Yemen experts to gain insights and in depth knowledge on the country from a wide range of perspectives. This comprehensive course covers Yemeni socio-political dynamics, internal divisions within various parties to the war and possible Southern secession, military developments on the ground and the regional proxy struggle, local, regional and international diplomatic efforts, the humanitarian crisis and response, economic and state collapse, the rise of the war economy, the status of energy exports and the country’s port facilities, al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and other extremist groups, human rights and war crimes, as well as historical, archeological and cultural overviews.

For a full overview of the invited speakers as well as the six day schedule, visit:

Program Format:

The Third Yemen Exchange will be held over the six days at the conference room of Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Beirut, from 9am until approximately 4:30pm, June 26-July 1. In order to promote small group dynamics, the number of participants will be capped at 25 persons. Sessions themselves will be conducted on an individual rather than a panel basis for all speakers and will allow ample opportunity for question time (translation into English will be provided when necessary). All sessions will also be held under the Chatham House rule, although we customarily work with our speakers to approve any quotes/references that participants may need for their own work.

Participation Costs:

Participation Fee: $1000

Accommodation: $120 for a single room per night at the five star Crowne Plaza Beirut Hotel (our conference venue) under our group booking with breakfast and taxes included. Shared rooms are also available (we will arrange for sharing with other participants) and are priced at $65 per participant. Note that participants are free to secure their own accommodation/booking.

Airfare: $400, approximately from the European Union.

Apply Now: Request an application via
About the Co-Directors:

Farea Al-Muslimi is chairman and co-founder of Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies and a non-resident fellow at both the Carnegie Middle East Center and Middle East Institute in Washington, D.C. In August 2016, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon appointed Al-Muslimi to the Advisory Group of Experts for Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, a study mandated by UN Security Council Resolution 2250 to examine the positive contribution of youth to peace processes and conflict resolution and effective responses at local, national, regional and international levels. Al-Muslimi’s writings and analysis on Yemen and the wider region have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Al-Hayyat, As-Safir, Al-Monitor, as well as several other publications. In 2013, Foreign Policy named him to its list of Top 100 Global Thinkers, and in 2014 The Guardian named Al-Muslimi to its Top 30 under 30 list of young leaders in digital media around the world.

Adam Baron is a co-founder of the Sanaa Center for Strategic Studies as well as a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations. Baron is also a regular commentator on Yemeni affairs for media outlets including Al-Jazeera English, CNN, Foreign Policy and the BBC. Between 2011 and 2014, he was the Yemen correspondent for The Economist, the Christian Science Monitor and McClatchy Newspapers. He holds a bachelor of arts in Religion and Arab Studies from Williams College and a Masters Degree in International Peace and Security from the Department of War Studies at King’s College, London.


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April 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm

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