Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science Stacey Philbrick Yadav appeared on the BBC World News to discuss the campaign in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah and its implications for the humanitarian crisis and prospects for newly-announced negotiations.
During a segment on Saturday, Nov. 10, Philbrick Yadav described the recent Yemeni government campaign to take Hodeidah from Houthi rebels, and the impact that fighting will have on access to aid and food.
“[Yemeni government and Saudi-backed] coalition forces have been tightening around the port…and we have already seen a rapid deterioration in humanitarian conditions over the past several months,” Philbrick Yadav explained.
While there is food in Yemen, “it gets taxed by militias on the ground,” she continued. That practice “drives the prices well beyond what ordinary Yemenis can afford, which is why today they’re starving in their homes and the attack on the port will escalate their humanitarian suffering.”
Philbrick Yadav appeared on CNN later in the month, discussing developments and tensions around peace talks.
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.
In 2017, she was elected to the Project on Middle East Political Science steering committee and coedited the January 2018 POMEPS report on Politics, Governance, and Reconstruction in Yemen. This November, the Crown Center for Middle East Studies at Brandeis University published Philbrick Yadav’s analysis “Fragmentation and Localization in Yemen’s War: Challenges and Opportunities for Peace.”
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.