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Webinar - The EU and the war in Yemen:
The Current Situation and the Way Forward

Friday, 30th April 2021

Webinar poster, 30th April 2021


An international online webinar on April 30, discussing the situation in Yemen, with the title: “The EU and the war in Yemen: The Current Situation and the Way Forward.” The event was broadcast online and was followed by a Q & A session.

The webinar covered the following themes: The EU’s approach towards the war in Yemen, the responsibility of warring parties, humanitarian aid and arms sales in Yemen, and the way to end the war in the country.

Moderator: Muhammad Shehada, Euro-Med Europe Regional Manager

Date: 30 April, 2021

Time: 01:00-2:15 PM (Geneva time)

Muhammad Shehada: 1:00-1:05 pm - Introductory remarks

Abdul Galil Shaif: 1:05-1:20 pm - Roadmap to end the war in Yemen

Saul J. Takahashi: 1:20-1:35 pm - The conflict in Yemen: Business and human rights perspective

François Burgat: 1:35-1:50 pm - The EU and Yemen

Hans Lammerant: 1:50-2:05 pm - EU arms sales and the Yemen war

Q & A: 2:05 - 2:15 pm

Questions could be posted to the Zoom room chat or sent to

We were very interested in your contributions to the discussion.

Euro-Med Monitor

Regus - Geneva Balexert Tower - Avenue Louis-Casaï 18 - 1209 - Genève-Switzerland

The webinar was recorded and is available on Facebook at the following link: The EU and the war in Yemen


Abdul Galil Shaif, Abdul Galil Shaif, the Chairman of Friends of South Yemen, is a British Yemeni with a PhD in political science. Currently he is chief executive of the Hadfield Institute. He was Chairman of the Aden Free Zone Public Authority. He now lives in Sheffield and in the late 1990s was Chief Executive of MOWJ Media.

Saul J. Takahashi is Professor of Human Rights and Peace Studies at Osaka Jogakuin University, in Osaka, Japan. A former UN civil servant, he lived in Palestine for five years as Deputy Head of Office of the UN Human Rights Agency. Saul is author of several books, including Civil and Political Rights in Japan: a Tribute to Sir Nigel Rodley.

François Burgat is a political scientist and Arabist, Emeritus Senior Research Fellow at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). He is the former head of the French Center for Archaelogy and Social Sciences in Sanaa (CEFAS 1997-2003). He has been the Principal Investigator of the European Research Council (ERC) Research Program “When Authoritarism Fails in the Arab World” (WAFAW 2013-2017). Having lectured across the world for a wide range of Academic institutions or think tanks such as the World Economic Forum, NATO, the European Union, he has been a permanent resident in the Middle East for over 24 years. He has taught in Algeria, Cairo, and has worked at the French Centre for Archaeology and Social Sciences in Sana'a, Yemen (1997-2003), and in Damascus and Beyrouth. He is also a member of the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR).

Hans Lammerant works as a legal expert and researcher at the Belgian peace organisation Vredesactie (Peace Action). Currently his main focus is on arms trade. He is involved in strategic litigation against arms exports and has conducted OSINT investigations on arms in conflict areas. He has a degree in Law and in Philosophy.