Difficult Diplomacy: The Challenges of Speaking to the South

17/11/2016 - 17:45
Martin Jerrett
LMEI, 21 Russell Sq, London WC1B 5 EA

The British–Yemeni Society, in association with the MBI Al Jaber Foundation, invites you to a talk by Martin Jerrett entitled: "Difficult Diplomacy: The Challenges of Speaking to the South". The event will take place on Thursday 17 November 2016 at 17:45 at the London Middle East Institute at SOAS (LMEI, 21 Russell Sq, London WC1B 5EA).

Drawing on his experiences as senior political affairs officer with the United Nations, Martin will discuss the challenges of identifying authentic voices among the southern Yemeni body politic, the obstacles deliberately placed in his way, embarrassing moments, the many things he got wrong, the few he got right, and what he would do differently. Above all, he will focus on why south Yemenis are so fragmented and the challenges this poses to the international community.

Martin Jerrett was senior political affairs officer for two years, advising both Jamal Benomar and later, his successor, Ismail Ould Chaikh Ahmed, on southern Yemen. He has had an interest in Yemen since 2008, when he was involved in a tribal mapping project. Later he worked for the Danish Demining Group, focused on the conflict areas of Abyan and Lahij. Martin worked for five years as an adviser with the Ministry of Defence, based initially in Baghdad from 2003 before moving to CentCom in Qatar. He learned his Arabic at Birzeit University in Palestine where he visits regularly to indulge his interests in archaeology and hill walking.

Would members wishing to attend this event please advise the Hon Secretary, Audrey Allfree: email sec@b-ys.org.uk; telephone 020 7731 3260.

The event is open to the public.