This document has been produced with the financial assistance of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Middle East Office. The views expressed herein are those of the author(s) and can therefore in no way be taken to reflect the opinion of the Foundation.

Engineered by the Gulf Cooperation Council with American backing, the demise of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh in the aftermath of the popular uprising in 2011 and 2012 did not make a radical change in the political landscape of Yemen. Understanding Yemen’s key political and religious players and the challenges it faces is crucial to anticipate the likely direction the country is heading during this period of political transition.


This profile was conceived and supervised by Dr. Jocelyne Cesari.

Research was conducted by Elise Alexander.

Ms. Alexander is a student at Harvard Divinity School in the Masters of Theological Studies track, having received her BA in International Studies and Religious Studies from American University and studied in both Aleppo, Syria, and Tangier, Morocco.