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The workshop sought to reflect on the conflict in Yemen since 2014 with a particular focus on the sectarian difference and efforts to circumvent these tensions, understood as de-sectarianization.
The workshop brought together scholars from Yemen, Europe and the US, and engaged them in an interdisciplinary set of discussions that aimed to improve awareness of the conflict and possible avenues for building peace.
The speakers addressed the following questions:
- How should we best understand the nature of conflicts in Yemen?
- What are the structural forces that facilitate sectarian mobilization?
- To what extent has the Yemeni state sought to curtail the influence of sectarian identities and how do we evaluate this success?
- How important are geopolitical forces in the emergence of sectarian divisions?
- To what extent have processes of de-sectarianization curtailed the influence of sectarian identities?
- What are the possibilities for peace building in Yemen?
- How do we understand the interaction between sectarian, tribal and nationalist identities?
- What role can - and should - international actors play in the conflict?