Eastern Yemen’s Tribal Model for Containing Conflict

Author
Ahmed Nagi
Content Type
Working Paper
Institution
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Abstract
The tribes of Mahra, a part of eastern Yemen that borders Oman, adhere to a code of conduct that has helped the area’s inhabitants mediate disputes and contain conflict at key points in the region’s history. This has ensured a degree of stability for Mahra even in times of war. Today, as the war in Yemen continues, the region is the site of a power struggle between Saudi Arabia and Oman. The Mahri code of conduct has enabled the region to escape the worst excesses of the war and to limit Saudi influence there. Though often overlooked, the Mahri approach could offer lessons in defusing tensions between the warring parties elsewhere in conflict-ridden Yemen.
Topic
Conflict Resolution, Civil War, Conflict, Crisis Management, Tribes
Political Geography
Middle East, Yemen