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In search for strength - A case study of regime (in)security in Yemen

Hartkorn, Siris Hansa LU (2009) FKVK01 20091
Department of Political Science
Abstract (Swedish)
Yemen is a weak state controlled by a narrow elite relying on patronage and financial co-optation. The balancing act performed by the regime for many years in relation to tribal, religious and political power centers, is increasingly failing as different groups openly oppose the regime and as levels of domestic violence is growing. The insecurity of the regime is manifested in a state-strength dilemma, where the regime tries to gain strength but meets resistance from society, the resistance makes the regime adapt more coercive strategies for consolidation of state power which generates further resistance. This thesis incorporates securitization theory into the dilemma, arguing that by securitizing social and religious challenges the Yemeni... (More)
Yemen is a weak state controlled by a narrow elite relying on patronage and financial co-optation. The balancing act performed by the regime for many years in relation to tribal, religious and political power centers, is increasingly failing as different groups openly oppose the regime and as levels of domestic violence is growing. The insecurity of the regime is manifested in a state-strength dilemma, where the regime tries to gain strength but meets resistance from society, the resistance makes the regime adapt more coercive strategies for consolidation of state power which generates further resistance. This thesis incorporates securitization theory into the dilemma, arguing that by securitizing social and religious challenges the Yemeni regime has tried to gain legitimacy, but instead provoked violent response. The challenges posed by radical jihad groups, the Huthis and the southern protesters are analyzed in relation to securitization theory and framed within the Gulf security sub-complex. (Less)
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author
Hartkorn, Siris Hansa LU
supervisor
organization
course
FKVK01 20091
year
type
M2 - Bachelor Degree
subject
keywords
Yemen, state-strength dilemma, securitization, regime security, domestic violence
language
English
id
1459279
date added to LUP
2009-09-21 08:19:53
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2015-12-14 13:34:37
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  abstract     = {Yemen is a weak state controlled by a narrow elite relying on patronage and financial co-optation. The balancing act performed by the regime for many years in relation to tribal, religious and political power centers, is increasingly failing as different groups openly oppose the regime and as levels of domestic violence is growing. The insecurity of the regime is manifested in a state-strength dilemma, where the regime tries to gain strength but meets resistance from society, the resistance makes the regime adapt more coercive strategies for consolidation of state power which generates further resistance. This thesis incorporates securitization theory into the dilemma, arguing that by securitizing social and religious challenges the Yemeni regime has tried to gain legitimacy, but instead provoked violent response. The challenges posed by radical jihad groups, the Huthis and the southern protesters are analyzed in relation to securitization theory and framed within the Gulf security sub-complex.},
  author       = {Hartkorn, Siris Hansa},
  keyword      = {Yemen,state-strength dilemma,securitization,regime security,domestic violence},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {In search for strength - A case study of regime (in)security in Yemen},
  year         = {2009},
}