Veteran foreign aid worker Kyle Foster gives a first-hand account of current conditions in the Middle Eastern country of Yemen, where the US continues a policy of drone attacks against suspected al-Qaeda operatives. Foster served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Yemen from 1989-1990. He went on to complete a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Management at the prestigious School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont. Since then he has worked for Care, Mercy Corps, and Relief International as well as doing independent consulting work for a number of governments and NGOs in Yemen for over 15 years.
Foster speaks at 6:30 p.m. January 31 in the Card Room at the Rogue Ales Public House (748 SW Bay Blvd) on the Newport Bayfront. According to a release from the Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice, co-sponsor of the event, Foster’s expertise “allows him to speak with authority on topics ranging from Islam, to women’s rights in Yemeni culture, to the effects of US policy in the area. Of special interest to some may be the fact that the US shares with Yemen one of the highest per capita rates of gun ownership in the world. Mr. Foster’s talk is a rare opportunity for the public to get firsthand insights into Yemeni and broader Middle Eastern issues from an American who is deeply familiar with the region and its unique culture, as well as the many implications of the ‘Arab Spring.’” The event is co-sponsored by the Interfaith Community for Peace and Justice.