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Yemen is the site of the world’s worst humanitarian crisis and the United States is complicit in it. In this panel discussion, FCNL’s Legislative Manager for Middle East Policy Hassan El-Tayyab and a group of other distinguished experts briefed congressional staffers on the latest developments in this crisis and efforts to end U.S. involvement in the horrific Yemen war.

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While the situation on the ground in Yemen is extremely bleak, there is reason for hope. Congress and the incoming Biden administration have a great opportunity to end our complicity in this war and promote peace.

“There’s a lot of work we need to do in this new year to not only end this war but prevent future wars … We need to make sure we get this over the finish line and end support for the war, support negotiations, restore humanitarian aid, bring the Yemen war to a close and support reconstruction,” El-Tayyab said.

There’s something you can do to help! Tell your representatives to support a Yemen War Powers Resolution to end American participation in the war in Yemen.

Speakers

Dr. Aisha Jumaan is the President of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation and over 30 years of experience in public health — including 13 years with the US Centers for Disease Control. Dr. Jumaan is currently working as an Independent Consultant coordinating health-related projects in her native home, Yemen, where she has also worked with UNFPA and UNDP.

Bruce Riedel is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, part of the Brookings Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence. In addition, Riedel serves as a senior fellow in the Center for Middle East Policy. He retired in 2006 after 30 years of service at the Central Intelligence Agency, including postings overseas. He was a senior advisor on South Asia and the Middle East to the last four presidents of the United States in the staff of the National Security Council at the White House. He was also deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Near East and South Asia at the Pentagon and a senior advisor at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization in Brussels.

Hassan El-Tayyab is FCNL’s lead lobbyist on Middle East policy. He has led lobbying work to advance a more progressive foreign policy in the Middle East and Latin America. He played a major role in the successful passage of the War Powers Resolution to end US military aid to the Saudi-UAE coalition’s war in Yemen.

Shireen Al-Adeimi is an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University. Since 2015, she has played an active role in raising awareness about the Saudi-led war on her country of birth, Yemen, and works to encourage political action to end U.S. support for the war.

Bryan Bowman

Bryan Bowman

Program Assistant, Middle East Policy
Bryan Bowman is the program assistant for Middle East policy. He is working to advance a more progressive U.S. foreign policy based on restraint, diplomacy, and peace.

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