Associate Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav was quoted in a Feb. 7 Los Angeles Times opinion piece, “Why the U.S. is courting the Houthis taking control in Yemen,” which addresses the challenges the U.S. faces in forming a relationship with the new group in power in Yemen. The piece also has appeared in several other publications, including the Fresno Bee and McClatchyDC.
While the Houthis, a Shiite group who took control of the Yemeni government earlier this year, are enemies of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the Houthi leaders are not keen on close ties with the U.S., according to the Times piece, due in no small part to drone strikes the U.S. has used to target AQAP.
Philbrick Yadav, who has lived in Yemen and is a member of the executive committee of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies, is quoted in the article: “It really has fueled tremendous resentment. I have never met a [Yemeni] defender of the strategy. It’s not criticism; it’s more like repulsion.”
A member of the Political Science Department since 2007, Philbrick Yadav earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from Smith College, and has spent several years conducting field research in Yemen, Lebanon and Egypt. Before joining the HWS faculty, Philbrick Yadav taught at Mount Holyoke College and in 2008 was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies. She is the author of “Islamists and the State: Legitimacy and Institutions in Yemen and Lebanon.”