ADVISORY: Ambassador Bodine to Speak at NDI on Yemen’s Political Transition, Public Attitudes

Washington, D.C.— As Yemeni leaders prepare for the start of the National Dialogue Conference later this month—in an effort to end gridlock on the country’s stalled political reform process and worsening economic conditions ahead of their 2014 elections—the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Center for American Progress will convene a public discussion on Thursday, March 7 on Yemen’s political transition. The panel will feature Barbara Bodine, former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen, and NDI will be releasing the results of a new public opinion poll conducted in Yemen.

Ambassador Bodine will be joined by Les Campbell, NDI Senior Associate and Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, who has recently returned from pre-Dialogue discussions in Yemen and John Moreira, lead consultant for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research who oversaw recent polling in Yemen.

The agreement brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for political transition in Yemen calls for a National Dialogue Conference to help the country’s leaders develop consensus for draft constitutional reforms and prepare for elections in 2014. During the past year, the transition has faced considerable challenges from wrangling among competing political factions to violent activity by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, tribal disputes, and a southern secessionist movement.



Barbara Bodine, Lecturer and Director of Scholars in the Nation’s Service, Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs at Princeton University; former U.S. Ambassador to Yemen
Les Campbell, Senior Associate and Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, National Democratic Institute
John Moreira, Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research


Brian Katulis, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress

A light lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m.


March 7, 2013
12:00pm ET – 1:30pm ET


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