Peace is often defined as the absence of violence. But the mere absence of violence may not lead to sustainable peace, especially when the underlying roots of violence are not addressed. This is nowhere relevant than in Yemen, whose civil war is entering its sixth year. Sooner or later the parties in the conflict will resort to negotiation. But will the peace deal be sustainable? This paper argues that to assure a sustainable peace, Yemen must move beyond a pattern of simple conflict resolution, which has so far failed to address the historical roots of Yemen’s recurrent crises, along with its intergroup grievances, and the elites’ manipulation of ethnic identities.
- Manea, Elham