Dr Noel Brehony looks at the historical and geographic origins of South Yemeni nationalism and its influence on the current demands for a return to an independent southern state. Dr Brehony will examine South Arabia under the British ( 1839-1967), the People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen ( 1967-1990), the south in a united Yemen from 1990 and the impact of the war since 2015 before drawing some conclusions for the future of the south.
Noel Brehony has followed events in South Yemen since he was a diplomat in Aden in the early years of the PDRY. He is author of a history of the PDRY – Yemen Divided ( I B Tauris 2011), and co-editor with Saud al-Sarhan of Rebuilding Yemen ( Gerlach), editor of Hadhramaut and its Diaspora ( I B Tauris 2017), co-editor with Stephen Day of Global, Regional and Local Dynamics in the Yemen Crisis ( Palgrave Macmillan 2020) and co-editor of a forthcoming book on the last years of the British period in Aden (Gerlach 2020) with Clive Jones and another with Amat Alsoswa on post-conflict Yemen. He is a former President of the British Society of Middle East Studies and former chair of the British-Yemeni Society and of the Council for British Research in the Levant. He is currently chair of the International Association for the Study of Arabia and an Honorary Vice President of the British-Yemeni Society.