Ten years ago, inspired by revolts in Egypt and Tunisia, Yemenis challenged an authoritarian ruler and dared to dream of a new future for their country. But a backlash by Yemen’s old guard and interference by foreign powers crushed those hopes and plunged the country into war.
Helen Lackner is the author of Yemen in Crisis: The Road to War. She worked in rural development and lived in the three Yemeni states for fifteen years.
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