Yemen Policy Center


January 2020

Mareike Transfeld


January 2020

Mareike Transfeld, YPC Researcher, presented her work on the Yemeni security sector at the university of Berlin.

Based on her research on the Yemeni security sector, Mareike Transfeld traces the increasing fragmentation of the Yemeni state. She argues that this fragmentation is not taken into account by the UN format for peace talks. This is an important reason for the failure of the peace talks, which, after almost 5 years, still could not contribute to a political solution to the conflict. She argues that the path-dependency of the UN approach defined by the GCC Initiative, UN Resolution 2216 and the outcomes of the National Dialogue Conference are blocking meaningful negotiations. She points to ways how the current UN mission can circumvent these restrictions through a more flexible approach.

Mareike Transfeld is a doctoral student at the “Berlin Graduate School Muslim Cultures and Societies”. She is also a research consultant in research projects on the Yemeni security sector at the “Yemen Polling Center” and associate fellow at the “Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient” in Bonn. Before that, Mareike Transfeld was a research assistant at the “Science and Politics Foundation” in Berlin.

Prof. Dr. Cilja Harders is head of the Political Center in the Maghreb, Mashreq and Golf at the Free University of Berlin.


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References :

[1]YPC nationwide representative survey, April–July 2019. Data cited in this paper is drawn from this survey unless otherwise indicated.

[2] UN News “Humanitarian crisis in Yemen remains the worst in the world, warns UN” Feb 2019. (Accessed 3 March 2020).

[3] Wadhah Al-Awlaqi and Maged Al-Madhaji, Rethinking Yemen’s economy: Local governance in Yemen amid conflict and instability, July 2018. (Accessed 8 March 2020); Mansour Rageh, Amal Nasser, and Farea Al-Muslimi, “Yemen without a Functioning Central Bank: The Loss of Basic Economic Stabilization and Accelerating Famine,” Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies, November 2016. (Accessed 23 May 2018).

[4]Data source: OCHA, “Humanitarian needs overview 2019: Yemen”, December 2018. (Accessed 11 March 2020).

[5] Final report of the Panel of Experts on Yemen, addressed to the President of the Security Council, January 2020. (Accessed 11 March 2020).

[6] Mareike Transfeld, “Implementing Stockholm: The Status of Local Security Forces in al-Hodeidah,” YPC Policy Report, Yemen Polling Center, Policy Report, November 2019. (Accessed 16 February 2020).

[7] Mareike Transfeld and Shaima Bin Othman, “The State of the Police in Western Yemen”, YPC research debrief, Yemen Polling Center, Research Debrief, January 2020. (Accessed 16 February 2020).

[8] Amnesty International, “Yemen: Fierce new offensive displaces tens of thousands of civilians from Hodeidah” May 2018. (Accessed 5 March 2020).

[9] Maged Sultan, Mareike Transfeld and Kamal Muqbil, “Formalizing the Informal State and Non-State Security Providers in Government-Controlled Taiz City,” YPC Policy Report, Yemen Polling Center, July 2019. (Accessed 16 February 2020).

[10] Nadwa al-Dawsari , “Tribal Governance And Stability In Yemen “, The Carnegie papers, Carnegie endowment (April 2012). (Accessed 5 March 2020).

[11]CIVIC, “We Did Not Know If We Would Die From Bullets Or Hunger” Civilian Harm and Local Protection Measures in Yemen “, Jan 2019, (Accessed 5 March 2020).

[12] Fatima Saleh and Ahmed al-Sharjabi “Institutional Prerequisites for the STC “Coup” in Aden and Perspectives on the Jeddah Deal” , research debrief, Yemen Polling Center, Oct 2019. (Accessed 16 February 2020).

[13] Human Rights Watch, “Yemen: Riyadh Agreement Ignores Rights Abuses”, December 2019, Accessed 5 Mar 2020; Human Rights Watch,  “Yemen: UAE Backs Abusive Local Forces” June 2017.

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