You are invited to a zoom webinar on 10th December 2020 at 6pm when Helen Lackner will be speaking on
The People’s Democratic Republic of Yemen in its international context
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Helen Lackner lived in the PDRY for almost a quarter of the state's existence, and is the author of one of the few books on the country. Thirty years after the state’s demise, she revisits it within the Middle Eastern and international Cold War contexts of the period. From the 1960s to the 1980s many parts of the world, including the Middle East, were torn between left-wing ideologies, including Marxism and, on the right, state-sponsored rise of Salafism and other religiously oriented ideologies designed to counter the popular attraction of greater social and economic equity and political democracy. In the Arabian Peninsula wealthy oil exporting 'rentier' states provided high standards of social services to their populations, easily competing with what states elsewhere could afford, without opening up politically. Despite its poverty, the PDRY successfully ensured reasonable living standards for its population, without the extreme disparities of wealth found elsewhere, achievements which are all too often disparaged today. By contrast, its politics suffered divisions and factionalism reflecting the political tensions elsewhere, in the context of varying levels of hostility from its neighbours.