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BYS membership survey

The Society Executive Committee has designed a short survey in order to better understand the needs and expectations of our changing membership. Although, we have been able to maintain a diverse programme of lectures and events, and produce a widely approved journal, your input will help us identify new possibilities for the future. If you could spare ten minutes, please click on the following link to answer the survey. Members, who identify themselves at the end of the survey, will be included in a draw for two book tokens of £25 each.

The second BYS Annual Lecture

The Rt Hon Sir Alan Duncan MP will give the Second BYS Yemen Annual Lecture on 4 February 2015 6pm at the Brunei Gallery SOAS, University of London, Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H OXG.
Sir Alan, former Minister of State for International Development, is the Government Special Envoy to Yemen and Oman.

This event is organised with the generous support of the MBI al Jaber Foundation.

After the lecture, attendees are invited to a reception in the Brunei Suite. This event is open to the public.

Talk by Maria-Louise Clausen

Maria-Louise Clausen, winner of the BYS academic grant 2014 will give a talk on her research on Yemen in February 2015. Details will follow.

Book launch

There will be a book launch in 2015 of the stunning photographs of Yemen by Mahmoud al-Shaibani. Details will follow.

The British-Yemeni Society Academic Grant 2015

Members are reminded that applications must be received by 31 March 2015. Please circulate to those interested. For details click on: BYS academic grant 2015.pdf 

Other Yemen-related events

The Centre for the Advanced Study of the Arab World at the University of Durham is organising a one day conference on Aden and South Arabia: A Retrospective Study in the Failure of State Creation. The conference will take place on Thursday 15 January 2015, 09.00 - 17.00 in Kenworthy Hall of St Mary's College. To register and for further information please e-mail Lindsay Young at Website:


Mr Alistair Galloway, former British Army Officer, will be addressing the Asian Affairs Dinner Club of the Royal Society for Asian Affairs (RSAA) with a talk under the title: Yemen: A Colourful and Challenging Place to Be. The event will take place on Monday 19 January 2015 at the National Liberal Club at 19.00. Members are advised to contact the Secretary of the RSAA, Mr Alan Attryde, for further details, mentioning their BYS membership. e-mail:, tel: 020 7235 5122, website:


The Hadhramaut Research Centre (HRC) will be holding the first International Conference "Rediscover Hadhramaut" in London on 7 March 2015 from 8.30-17.00 at SOAS, University of London. This event is organised with the support of MENARC and the BYS.
For further details:

Annual subscriptions

Subscriptions for 2015 will be due in January. For those Members who have not signed Banker's Order forms, cheques should be made out to "The British-Yemeni Society" and posted to the Hon-Secretary, 210 Stephendale Road, London SW6 2PP.

Members are kindly requested to help us in our efforts to reduce operational costs and workload by setting up a banker's order for the payment of the annual subscription fees, and opting to receive this newsletter and other correspondence via e-mail. Further details can be obtained from the Hon. Secretary.


Your Society now has a Facebook page, under the name ‘The British-Yemeni Society’, in both English and Arabic. It aims to keep the wider public informed about Society activities, provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on Yemen, and network people with common interests.

Members’ contact details

We occasionally need to make last minute changes to the programme and make every effort to keep members up to date. Where members have provided an email address, this is a simple procedure; for members without email, the Hon. Secretary will advise as many as possible – and practical – via telephone.