In a March 22 article on The Washington Post’s politics blog, “Monkey Cage,” Associate Professor of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav explores the ongoing war in Yemen and “the complex set of Yemeni partners fighting alongside the Gulf coalition” and their evolution “under the pressures of the war.”
Her article, “How war is changing Yemen’s largest Islamist coalition,” looks closely at the Islah party, “considered the largest and most significant Islamist player in the country,” which “offers some useful lessons about the dangers of over-relying on known actors at the expense of a more inclusive — if more ambitious — peace process,” Philbrick Yadav writes.
Also in March, the Project on Middle East Political Science awarded her a grant to support summer research on regional negotiations in Oman and Kuwait.
Philbrick Yadav, who has lived in Yemen and is a member of the executive committee of the American Institute of Yemeni Studies, has been writing about Yemen’s opposition politics for more than a decade. Since Yemen’s uprising in 2011, she’s published a book exploring the dynamics of Islamist activism and alliance building, and articles in several academic journals, including The International Journal of Middle East Studies and Middle East Report. She has previously published analysis of the Yemeni uprising in the Monkey Cage.
A member of the HWS faculty 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 Colleges, she taught at Mount Holyoke College, and in 2008 was a visiting scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies.