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April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula

April Longley Alley has conducted fieldwork in Yemen since 2004. She works with other members of the Middle East program to research and produce reports on security, conflict, political, governance, human rights and social issues related to the Arabian Peninsula with a particular focus on Yemen.

Areas of Expertise

  • Comparative politics of the Middle East
  • Yemen

Professional Background

  • M.A. in Arab studies and a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University
  • Former Fulbright fellow.

Select Publications

She has written extensively on Yemen for a variety of publications including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, PS: Political Science and Politics, The Middle East Journal, The Journal of Democracy, and The National.


  • English 
  • Arabic

In The News

20 Sep 2017
[Al-Qaeda  in the Arabian Peninsula] and a small group of warlords that span the various fighting factions are the only clear winners [in the war in Yemen]. AFP

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula
20 Jul 2017
Whatever Saudi Arabia's current view of the Muslim Brotherhood in other countries, in Yemen they are natural allies against the Houthi-Saleh alliance. Reuters

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula
17 Feb 2017
The [Huthis] almost certainly receive some smuggled weapons, but these are not decisive in their ability to continue the war [in Yemen]. Voice of America

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula
7 Feb 2017
The [recent U.S.] raid ignores the local political context in Yemen, to the detriment of an effective counter-terrorism strategy. Reuters

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula
4 Feb 2017
The use of U.S. troops and the high number of civilian casualties . . . are deeply inflammatory and breed anti-American resentment across the Yemeni political spectrum that works to the advantage of AQAP. The Washington Post

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula
24 Jan 2017
It seems that now the [Yemeni] government and coalition are determined to try to break the military stalemate and bring [the Houthi-Saleh bloc] back to talks in a weaker position. The National

April Longley Alley

Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula

Latest Updates

The Counter-productive Isolation of Proud and Hungry Sanaa

Our Arabian Peninsula Senior Analyst April Longley Alley finds pride, resilience and an eagerness to end the conflict during field research and many conversations in Sanaa, Yemen’s capital. She concludes that isolating one side or making the famine and suffering worse will only prolong the war.

Also available in العربية

How All Sides of Yemen’s War Are Weaponising Hunger and Creating a Famine

With the world's largest hunger crisis, Yemen sits precariously on the brink of famine. Avoiding it will require all warring parties to desist from weaponising Yemen's increasingly fragile economy and return to the negotiating table.

Originally published in World Politics Review

The Houthis Are Not Hezbollah

Donald Trump wants to ramp up Yemen's proxy fight against Iran. One small problem: Tehran doesn't really have a proxy there.

Originally published in Foreign Policy

Also available in العربية

Les raids antiterroristes américains au Yémen, une arme aux mains d’Al-Qaida

Le nombre élevé de victimes du raid antiterroriste américain du 1er février au Yémen risque d’aggraver plutôt que d’aider à résoudre un conflit qui est la raison principale de l’expansion d’Al-Qaida dans la péninsule arabique (AQPA) dans ce pays dévasté. Sous forme de questions-réponses, April Longley Alley explique pourquoi.

Originally published in Orient XXI

Military Strikes Are No Simple Answer to al-Qaeda’s Rise in Yemen

High civilian casualties from the latest U.S. counter-terrorism raid in Yemen risk aggravating rather than helping to resolve a conflict that is the principal reason for the growth of al-Qaeda in the devastated country. 

Also available in العربية