The Tribal Dimension: The Role of Yemeni Tribes in Conflict Mediation

Tribal actors have historically played a crucial role in mediating disputes at the local level throughout Yemen. More than five years into Yemen’s brutal conflict, which has undermined executive authority across the country, Yemeni tribes are continuing to fill the security vacuum by maintaining law and order in their communities. As indigenous Yemeni stakeholders with local legitimacy, credibility and expertise in mediation, tribes are well positioned to play a strong supporting role in ongoing efforts to negotiate an end to the conflict. However, the tribal dimension has often been overlooked in internationally-backed efforts to reach peace in Yemen. Our research indicates that inter-triba

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