Dossier: Yemen

ihadi militiamen in Iraq close to the Syrian border (photo: picture-alliance/AP)

Al-Qaeda's New Strategy

Turning away from the Distant Enemy

In contrast to their earlier tactics, militant jihadists are increasingly turning away from attacking the West to concentrate on more local and regional targets. Albrecht Metzger reports on the current change of strategy in the activities of Al-Qaeda and its alliesMore

Sofiane Chourabi (photo: Ute Schaeffer/DW)

Open Letter to Europe

"Tunisia Needs Help!"

In an open letter to José Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, the well-known Tunisian journalist Soufiane Chourabi appeals to the EU to put pressure on Tunisia’s government because it tolerates the attacks by fundamentalist Islamic groups on Tunisians’ personal freedomsMore

An anti-Syrian regime protester holds up his fingers painted in revolutionary flag colors during a protest outside the Arab League headquarters in Cairo, Egypt Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012 (photo: Nasser Nasser/AP/dapd)

Commentary by Daoud Kuttab

An Arab "Third Way"

Throughout the post-colonial period, Arab countries have consistently failed to produce an efficient – let alone democratic – system of government. Now, after a half-century of competition between military or royal dictatorships and militant Islamist regimes, many Arabs are again seeking a "third way"More

Riots on Tahrir Square, Egypt (photo: dapd)

Essay by Nawaf Obaid

The Collapsing Arab State

The Arab Spring has toppled some regimes, though not others. But, more important, everywhere in the Arab world – and beyond – it has called into question the viability of the nation-state. An essay by Nawaf ObaidMore

'Fighting terrorism together': a peace march in Sanaa (photo: Saeed Alsofi/DW)

Non-violent, Anti-terror Campaign in Yemen

Working for Peace and Tolerance

Yemen's National Dialogue began recently. It seeks to come up with a new constitution and to prepare for elections in the crisis-rocked country. However, it is not just the politicians who are trying to foster dialogue and bring peace to the country, young Yemenis are too. By Bassam GhabarMore

Protests against Yemen's former president Saleh in Sanaa, February 2011 (photo: AP)

Yemen and the Arab Spring

Revolution on Hold

While political turbulence continues unabated in Tunisia and Egypt – the two countries where the Arab Spring started – and a bloody civil war still rages unchecked in Syria, the transition in Yemen seems to have ground to a complete halt. By Nader AlsarrasMore

Lebanese demonstrators in front of the Syrian embassy in Beirut (photo: DW/Dareen Al Omari)

Book Review: Volker Perthes on the Arab Spring

The Rebellion of the Young

Volker Perthes is director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs in Berlin. In his new book, Der Aufstand (The Uprising), he looks at the Arab uprisings and considers what they could mean for German and European policy and for the Middle East as a whole. Claudia Mende read the book for Qantara.deMore

Ravid Kahalani and his band Yemen Blues (photo: © Zohar Ron/Yemen Blues)

Ravid Kahalani's Yemen Blues

''Your Language Is My Language''

Ravid Kahalani is Israeli, but his family originally hails from Yemen. He and his group, Yemen Blues, explore the richness of Jewish and Arab-Muslim music, transcending national, ethnic and religious boundaries in the process. Lewis Gropp reportsMore

In this mural, three runners hold up the flags of Libya, Egypt and Tunisia respectively, bringing the flame of freedom to their brothers in Syria and Yemen (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

Democratisation Processes in Historic Comparison

Arab Nations Are No Longer Onlookers

In the view of Paul Salem, Director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Arab nations are assuming a leading role in the promotion of democratisation. They are no longer, as has been the case in past decades, just looking on from afarMore

Tariq Ramadan (photo: dpa)

Interview with Tariq Ramadan

A Revolution in Suspense

According to the Islamic intellectual Tariq Ramadan, the revolutions in the Arab world are either unfinished or have not yet reached their goals. Ceyda Nurtsch spoke to him and asked him about the prospects for the popular uprisings and the nature of the protest movementsMore

Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi (photo: EPA)

After Yemen's Presidential Election

A Herculean Task

Militia in the north, separatists in the south, al-Qaeda and the return to the country of the former president Ali Abdullah Saleh ... the challenges facing Yemen's interim government on the road to democracy are staggering. From Sanaa, Birgit Svensson explains that the country's new leadership is actually fighting a war on four frontsMore

Demonstration against Ali Abdullah Saleh in Sanaa (photo: dapd)

Interview with the Yemeni Minister Huria Mashhour

''The Immunity Law Is an Offence against Everything''

In Yemen, it is predominantly the younger generation protesting against the immunity law that guarantees dictator Ali Abdullah Saleh full legal protection for the entire duration of his 33 years in office. Charlotte Wiedemann spoke to Yemen's Minister for Human Rights, Huria Mashhour, in SanaaMore

Election poster of the presidential candidate Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi (photo: REUTERS)

Presidential Election in Yemen

An Experiment in Democracy

Yemen is voting for a successor to President Saleh, who was overthrown after months of protest. But the only candidate is the vice-president, Abed Rabbo Mansur Hadi. And how he can possibly turn into the "Saviour of Democracy" in Yemen remains a mystery. Birgit Svensson reports from SanaaMore

Anti-Saleh rally (photo: AP)

Popular Uprising in Yemen

Saleh, Enemy Number One

Politically speaking, the Yemeni opposition movement is extremely heterogeneous and therefore finds it difficult to act in concert. The only goal they all share is to bring about the resignation of the President. An analysis by Albrecht MetzgerMore

Yemeni women's rights and democracy campaigner Tawakkul Karman, 32, one of the three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, reacts as she receives congratulations from protesters inside her tent at a protester camp in Sana'a, Yemen, 8 October 2011 (photo: dapd)

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Tawakkul Karman

A Woman Leading Change in Yemen

Tawakkul Karman, one of three women to win the Nobel Peace Prize for 2011, is "the international face of the Yemeni pro-change movement." Journalist Alice Hackman examines the role that female activists, particularly Tawakkul Karman, are playing in Yemen's protestsMore

Young person on Tahrir Square wearing a ''25 January'' mask (photo: AP)

The Arab Spring and Demography

The Revolutionary Power of Youth

"Look here, I've got a university degree, but this society doesn't give me a chance: no wonder I'm a rebel." The unrest in the Arab world may have taken most people by surprise, but demographers knew it was coming. According to Jéronimo Louis Samuel Barbin, this unrest is the sound of the voice of young people who have long been at home in the modern worldMore