Conditions in Yemen have changed with the onset of the Arab Spring. Political unrest has created openings for the country’s established opposition movements – including al Qaeda – to maneuver for power. Whether the Arab Spring has brought real regime change in Yemen is unclear. While the international community awaits a fully functional government in the capital of Sana’a, al Qaeda may continue to expand its safe haven in the south. Learn more about the challenges in Yemen.
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AEI Senior Analyst for the Critical Threats Project speaks with KT McFarland of FoxNews.com on Yemen.
Tune in to this Google Hangout conversation among al Qaeda experts from AEI and Georgetown University as they discuss the terrorism threat and the implications for the war on terror.
Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula may be in the final stages of preparing an attack on American interests in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region on August 7, 2013.
Current trends point to continued expansion of al Qaeda affiliates and their capabilities, and it is difficult to see how current or proposed American and international policies are likely to contain that expansion, let alone reduce it to 2009 levels or below.
If trends of corruption and insubordination continue to accelerate in the Yemeni military, they could risk knocking out a vital pillar of U.S. counterterrorism strategy.
Will powerbrokers within the Yemeni security forces accept the changes aimed at unifying the weakened army? Can the Yemeni security forces become a truly reliable partner in the fight against AQAP?
Yemen’s fragile and reversible gains against al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) are threatened by the re-emergence of a violent secessionist movement in the south.
Critics of the administration's drone policy, which they say violates Americans' right to due process, are off the mark. When a law enforcement option to eliminate terrotist threats is neither available nor feasible, the government has little choice but to pursue targetted killings.