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What Biden’s Statement means for the Future of Yemen

Wed February 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST

What Biden’s Statement means for the Future of Yemen

Wednesday, February 10th

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Eastern Time)


Last Thursday, President Biden’s declared his commitment to “end the war in Yemen,” during his first major foreign policy address. But what does that mean exactly? He called the war a “humanitarian and strategic catastrophe,” and announced a halt to all “relevant arms sales” to Saudi Arabia. While this is a huge victory for Massachusetts Peace Action and all peace advocates who have fought for nearly 6 years to end this brutal and unjust war, we still have concerns and questions.

President Biden fell far short of calling out Saudi Arabia for the war crimes they have committed in Yemen and did not address the US’s involvement in facilitating these atrocities. On the contrary, the president quickly pivoted to defending Saudi Arabia from “Iranian supplied forces” and committed to “support and help Saudi Arabia defend its sovereignty.” Why would we invest resources to defend one of the worst human rights abusers in the world? Biden’s rhetoric and careful phrasing also leaves open the sale of arms to Saudi Arabia so long as they’re not directly used in the conflict in Yemen. We’ll be joined by experts Professor Shireen Al-Adeimi and Hassan El-Tayyeb to answer these questions and discuss strategies to push the Biden Administration and Congress further and end the catastrophe in Yemen immediately.


Shireen Al-AdeimiShireen Al-Adeimi has been one of the leading advocates for an end to the war in Yemen, the country of her birth. Since 2015, she has played an active role in raising awareness about the Saudi-led war and she continues to work tirelessly to encourage the political action necessary to end U.S. facilitation. Shireen Al-Adeimi is an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University.

Hassan El-TayyabHassan El-Tayyab is Legislative Representative for Middle East Policy of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).  Prior to joining FCNL in August, he was co-director of Just Foreign Policy. Hassan’s passion for foreign affairs is rooted in his desire to make life better for people in the Middle East, including his extended family in Jordan. He is convinced that advancing a more peaceful and diplomacy-based foreign policy in the Middle East is critical, not only for the family he loves, but for peace and stability worldwide. His writings and commentaries have been featured in numerous news outlets, including The Intercept, The Hill, Truthout, Al Jazeera, and more. Hassan holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Rhode Island.


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Wed February 10, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EST
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