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Since 2015 a civil war has been waging in Yemen, but the roots of the conflict go back to 2011. After an uprising against long-time authoritarian leader Ali Abdullah Saleh, he handed over power to his deputy Mr. Hadi. Many groups were testing the legitimacy of his power, including Al Qaeda and the Houthi rebel group. The country was dealing with many issues, such as unemployment and food security, which meant the Houthi’s were able to take control over their northern heartland. There has been a power struggle with several parties dividing the country. Saudi Arabia and a coalition of other regional countries got involved in airstrikes, their goal is to defeat the Houthi rebel group. The Houthi group is a Shia Muslim minority group in Yemen, which is believed to be backed by Iran (also Shia, and one of the few Shia majority countries). The conflict has left thousands dead and over 70% of the country in need of humanitarian aid. Keynote Speaker Dr. Vincent Durac: He is a lecturer of Middle East Politics and Development in UCD and his research focusses mainly on Yemeni political dynamics, as well as political reform, the role of civil society and the impact of external actors in the region. He is a member of both the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) and the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES). Join us for an informative evening. UCD Student Centre, Red Room from 6pm to 7:30pm