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Tribal Governance and Stability in Yemen

This report not only assists in understanding some of the reasons for Yemen’s current state of conflict, but more importantly, shares valuable insights about Yemeni tribes as a social force over time. When it comes to discussing the tribes and their role in providing security and justice — key pillars of effective governance –, Nadwa al-Dawsari speaks with authority having spent eight years working directly with Yemeni tribes and tribal leaders. She points out, “Yemenis have relied on indigenous tribal traditions to regulate conflict and establish justice for centuries, if not millennia. … [They] provide social order outside the formal system.” And tribes continue to do this primarily in response to weak and ineffective state security and rule of law institutions. Learn from an expert about how tribes and tribal leaders influence, assist, and sometimes stymie the state security sector and why understanding this presents an opportunity to design “an approach to state-building that can facilitate the political transition process in a way that responds to Yemen’s unique and strongly tribal society.” Read full article.