Rising tensions in Yemen’s South are rooted in long-held Southern grievances and a desire for autonomy.
Fatima Abo Alasrar
Fatima Abo Alasrar is a non-resident scholar at the Middle East Institute. Before joining the institute, Alasrar was a senior analyst at the Arabia Foundation in Washington, DC, the MENA director for Cure Violence, a research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, a Mason Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government, and an international policy fellow at the Open Society Foundation. From 2006-12, she worked as an advisor for the Embassy of Yemen in Washington, DC. Earlier in her career, Alasrar served as a program officer for the Department for International Development in Yemen.
Alasrar holds an MA in public administration from Harvard University, an MA in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, and a BS in architectural engineering from Sanaa University in Yemen.
Two young Arab architects studying at the Harvard Graduate School of Design are working to address political and social issues in the Gulf region through a radical thought experiment in urban planning.
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