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Yemen War Powers Resolution: Past, Present, and Future

Thu January 19, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

Thursday, January 19th

7:00pm-8:00pm EST

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For years, Massachusetts Peace Action and the Raytheon Antiwar Campaign have supported the passage of a Yemen War Powers Resolution, to end US participation in the Saudi-led war. The conflict, begun in March of 2015, has been called the world’s worst humanitarian crisis by the United Nations and has never been authorized by Congress.

We’ve had successes and failures along the way. Though the Saudi bombings from the air have stopped, the blockade that causes so much damage through man-made famine continues. In a new year, with a new Congress, it’s time to examine how that efforts to end this war have gone, and where we go from here. To do so we’ll be joined by two experts:

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Dr. Aisha Jumaan has over 30 years of experience in public health, including viral vaccine preventable diseases, cervical and breast cancer research, surveillance, maternal, child health and nutrition, primary health care, and women in development.

Aisha is currently working with as an Independent Consultant coordinating health-related projects in Yemen. Between 2010 and 2012, Aisha supported the CDC’s Field Epidemiology training Program. Prior to that, she was the Director for HPV Vaccines: Evidence for Impact project at PATH. She was with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 1995 to 2008. At the CDC, she had various roles over the years, including serving as team leader for varicella and zoster vaccination program as well as holding roles in the National Immunization Program, the Division of Cancer Control and Prevention, the Nutrition Division, and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. She previously also served as an Assistant Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health, Epidemiology Department at Emory University.

Aisha also worked in her native home, Yemen, with UNFPA and UNDP. She also participated in health-related program development, evaluation, and training activities for Peace Corps. She was an Assistant Professor on the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Sana’a University, and consulted on research projects for various ministries, USAID, Save the Children, and Dutch Embassy.

Hassan El-TayyabHassan El-Tayyab is FCNL’s legislative director for Middle East policy. His 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.

Prior to joining FCNL in August 2019, he was co-director of the national advocacy group Just Foreign Policy, where he led their 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 U.S. military participation in the Saudi-led coalition’s war and blockade on Yemen.

His writings and commentaries have been featured in numerous news outlets, including CNN, BBC World News, Politico, The Hill, Al Jazeera, The Huffington Post, The Intercept and more.

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