Democratisation in Yemen: Why is it difficult to democratise a failing state?

Jan-Erik Refle

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The Republic of Yemen had been a positive example for democratisation in the Middle East. Nowadays the regime is increasingly regarded under the view of spreading authoritarianism. Ongoing conflict shapes the situation and it is an open question if Yemen is becoming the next failed state. Stabilisation could be an escape for the failing state and the question of democratisation will be the next challenge. However, narrow power structures, a divided country and several interests pose obstacles towards democratisation and stabilisation. Structural modifications, new bottom-up approaches and conflict management are important modifications. The time is there to handle, because if oil rents once decline, the poor state Yemen can become even poorer and instable.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato21 jan. 2010


  • peacebuilding
  • separation
  • autocracy
  • failed state
  • al-Houthi rebellion
  • limited statehood
  • democratic liberalism
  • democratisation
  • democracy
  • Yemen
  • stabilisation
  • Saada