Wednesday, March 28th, 2018


“Yemen: The War the World Ignores At Its Peril”



Ambassador Stephen Seche

Former Ambassador to Yemen

Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf States Institute


What started as a Yemeni power struggle between competing domestic competitors, has morphed into a situation where Yeminis are the unfortunate pawns in a regional power-struggle between Iran and Saudi Arabia.

Even before war broke out between the Saudi backed government forces and Iranian backed Houthi rebels, Yemen was the poorest country in the Middle East.  Now the United Nations calls this the world’s worst current humanitarian crisis, with three quarters of its population in need of humanitarian aid.  With headlines being grabbed by Syria, Venezuela, and the threat of terrorist attacks, it is incredible to think that a country devastated by war, on the brink of famine, and experiencing the worst cholera outbreak in modern history would not get more attention.  Instead, in the shadows of these other global crises, Yemenis continue to be a victim of a proxy war between Saudi Arabia and Iran.

What are the causes?  What are the solutions, if any?  Why should the world be concerned not just of the humanitarian tragedy, but of another failed state, a new Afghanistan or Somalia, that could foster the deadly combination of a proliferation of both weapons and global terrorism.

Ambassador Seche is uniquely positioned as a former US Ambassador to Yemen and still deeply engaged as the Executive Vice President of the Arab Gulf State Institute, to shine a spotlight on this true tragedy with no end in sight.

Venue:  The Pacific Club

(4110 MacArthur Blvd, Newport Beach, CA 92660)