7:00 pm

Haley Sweetland Edwards – “Dancing on the Heads of Snakes”

haleyWhat does Yemen's collapse mean for Americans, al-Qaeda, and stability in the Middle East? Drawing on years of on-the-ground reporting, the talk will be about the current political, economic, and cultural realities in Yemen. I hope to flesh out recent headlines—do the Saudi airstrikes have any chance of restoring stability in Sana’a? Is Yemen becoming the latest proxy war for Saudi Arabian and Iran?—while simultaneously raising deeper questions about Americans’ obligation to that small, war-torn country. In light of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, should the U.S. continue its on-going drone campaign on Yemeni soil? And what can, or should, the United States do to help Yemenis themselves?