What's Next for Yemen?
A few days back, I wrote a lengthy post laying out what I saw happening in Yemen’s future. Then, when I went to post it, Tumblr’s servers were over capacity, and I lost it. (And I’m not bitter about it … at all.) This will be a somewhat truncated version of the earlier post. As anyone following the news in Yemen knows, President Saleh has agreed in principle to step down...
Yemen's embattled president agrees to exit,... →
Yemen’s embattled President Ali Abdullah Saleh has accepted a deal brokered by neighboring Persian Gulf nations to step down, Yemeni officials said Saturday. Both Saleh and the Yemeni opposition have agreed to the deal in principle. But Saleh has yet to sign the agreement, which stipulates he leave office within 30 days and provides complete immunity for him and those who served in his...
Education and National Security
Apparently, I should have run through my normal list of blogs to read before posting on my own. My previous post certainly ties in with what I’m reading from those more informed than I am. Over at Waq al-Waq, Gregory Johnsen has a post on the many good things that have come from his government-funded education, with particular emphasis on why studying Yemen has proven worthwhile. His post...
Understanding al-Qaeda and Yemen
I’ve been reading Michael Scheuer’s book on Osama bin Laden, in addition to keeping up with all the protests in Yemen. While there have been a lot of protests and even deaths in Yemen, from an analytical standpoint the situation hasn’t changed too much. Gregory Johnsen’s quote in the previous post sums it up well: things looked like they were coming to a head, and now...
Two weeks ago, it was really looking like game over for Saleh, then all of a...– Al-Qaeda Fears in U.S. Buy Time for Saleh as Clashes in Yemen Escalate - Bloomberg