The NLF’s Successful Campaign for Power in South Arabia 1963-1967

07/02/2017 - 13:15
Dr Noel Brehony CMG
Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD

Update (31 Jan 2017): The no more BYS members will be admitted, as the places offered by the event organisers at the RSAA is full. Please inform them if you do not wish to attend anymore. Attendance is still available to RSAA members and one guest.

Dr Noel Brehony CMG, former chairman of the British–Yemeni Society (2010–2015), will give a lecture to the Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA) under the title: "The NLF’s Successful Campaign for Power in South Arabia 1963-1967". The talk will take place on Tuesday 7 February 2017 at 13.15 in the Royal Astronomical Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD. The RSAA has kindly offered places at the lecture for BYS members. To book a place, members are advised to contact the RSAA Secretary, Alan Attryde, by telephone (020 7235 5122) or e-mail (sec@rsaa.org.uk) stating their name and BYS membership.

The National Liberation Front founded only in 1963 took over South Arabia to form the People’s Republic of South Yemen on 30 November 1967. Much has been written about the violent struggle of this period from the British perspective. In this talk, Dr Brehony will draw on the writings of, and interviews with, NLF leaders to explain why and how they were able to overcome their many adversaries – the British authorities, the traditional rulers in South Arabia and rival nationalist groups.

Dr. Noel Brehony is chairman of the Council for British Research in the Levant. He is council member for the British Foundation for the Study of Arabia and a trustee of the Altajir Foundation. Dr Brehony co-edited “British-Egyptian Relations from Suez to the Present Day” published 2007. His book on the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, Yemen Divided: The Story of a Failed State in South Arabia was published in March 2011. After completing a PhD on Libya he spent two years on post-doctoral research on the West Bank before joining the Foreign and Commonwealth Office where he worked mainly on the Middle East with postings to Kuwait, Yemen, Jordan and Egypt. He was then Director of Middle East Affairs at Rolls-Royce plc. He has been chairman of the British–Yemeni Society, the Anglo–Jordanian Society, and the Middle East Association. He was President of the British Society for Middle East Studies (2000–2006) and chairman of the Council for British Research in the Levant (2002–2008). He is on the advisory board of the London Middle East Institute at SOAS, where he was also a Research Associate (2008–2011).