"In Regionalism and Rebellion in Yemen Dr. Stephen Day builds on almost two decades of research and active engagement with political developments in the country to produce a well-written account of sociopolitical transformation after the unification of the former Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen in 1990" -Thanos Petouris, SOAS, University of London, Middle East Journal
Some say that Yemen's revolution in early 2011 was inspired by protests in Cairo. However, Yemen's uprising is not simply an echo of events in Egypt. Indeed, as early as 2007, Yemen was already embroiled in open rebellion against the government. As this pathbreaking book demonstrates, politics in this strategically important country on the southern tip of the Arabian Peninsula is crucial for many reasons, not least on account of its undesirable links to al-Qaeda. The book contends that Yemen's recent history is a mirror of its past and that, despite national unification in 1990, the country continues to suffer from regional fragmentation that has endured for centuries. Based on years of research, the book unravels the complexities of the Yemeni state and its domestic politics with a particular focus on the post-1990 years. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the Middle East, the Arab revolts, and the rise of radical Islam.