• Op-Ed
    Yemen's Houthis Proxy, Not Ally for Iran
    Farea Al-Muslimi November 19, 2014 Al-Monitor عربي

    Despite all the similarities that emerge at first glance, there are deep structural, political, and social differences between Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Houthis (Ansar Allah) in Yemen.

  • Op-Ed
    Development Plan Needed for Peace in Yemen
    Farea Al-Muslimi November 14, 2014 Al-Monitor عربي

    The Gulf Initiative has failed to bring peace to Yemen, prompting the need for a new initiative that is more realistic and includes a long-term economic and development plan.

  • Op-Ed
    Yemen’s Insecurity Dilemma
    Khaled Fattah February 11, 2014 Yemen Times

    The biggest source of insecurity in Yemen is not the active presence of al-Qaeda, but rather the power struggles and lethal factionalism within the military and state security entities.

  • Op-Ed
    Arab Police Reform: Returning to Square One?
    Yezid Sayigh January 9, 2014 Al-Hayat عربي

    Until the Arab governments undertake security sector reform, the Arab Spring countries—and others that have experienced post-conflict transition, such as Iraq—risk lapsing into new, hybrid forms of authoritarian rule and descending into ever-widening civil strife.

  • Other Publications
    Economic Dynamics of the Arab Countries in Turbulence
    Lahcen Achy November 13, 2013 Italian Institute for International Political Studies

    No noticeable progress has been made in dealing with the key economic factors that ignited the Arab uprisings. The cost of inaction may be huge if these countries fail in their transitions and slide into violence and extremism.

  • Op-Ed
    Drones and IEDs: A Lethal Cocktail
    Moisés Naím March 8, 2012 El País

    Drones have drastically altered the course of war. The bad news is that terrorists are inevitably going to take an interest in this technology. Just as inevitably, they will try to combine it with IEDs.

  • Op-Ed
    Evolution of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula
    Christopher Boucek November 1, 2011 Orient IV

    In order to improve security and stability in Yemen, U.S. policy should focus on addressing the systemic sources of instability in the country.

  • Q&A
    Yemen After Saleh’s Return and Awlaki’s Exit
    Christopher Boucek October 27, 2011

    While recent U.S. drone strikes in Yemen have been successful, Washington can’t rely on a remote control to defeat terrorism. Improving governance and the lives of Yemenis will do more to reduce violence than drones ever will.

  • Testimony
    Yemen’s Challenges Demand a Balanced Approach
    Christopher Boucek July 19, 2011 July 19

    Washington must do more to address underlying sources of instability—a collapsing economy, rampant corruption, unemployment, and resource depletion—if Yemen is to avoid becoming a failed state.

  • Op-Ed
    Yemen in Crisis
    Christopher Boucek July 6, 2011 National Interest

    Until Yemen is able to address its confluence of crises, including poor governance, rampant corruption, major security concerns, unemployment, and a lack of desperately needed resources, terrorists operating in the country will continue to pose a threat to the international community.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    An Inside Look at Al Qaeda in Yemen
    Frederic Wehrey May 31, 2012 Fox News

    The struggle to root out al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula will require extensive Yemeni and U.S. cooperation, but it is ultimately a problem that the Yemenis must solve.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Amid Renewed Violence in Yemen, It's Unclear Who is in Charge
    Christopher Boucek September 19, 2011 Newshour

    Yemen continues to face political uncertainty and escalating violence, and it remains unclear who is in charge and what steps need to be taken to achieve a stable transition of power.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Power Struggle in Yemen
    Christopher Boucek June 13, 2011 Viewpoint with James Zogby

    In a negotiated settlement to the political crisis and power struggle occurring in Yemen, the youth protesters who first took to the streets are likely to be cut out of any final deal, which will be made by the political elites.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Yemen on the Edge
    Christopher Boucek June 11, 2011 CSPAN's Washington Journal

    As international attention remains focused on the protests calling for the removal of Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh, the country’s manifold economic problems threaten Yemen and the region.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Crisis in Yemen
    Christopher Boucek June 9, 2011 WHYY Radio

    While the political crisis in Yemen is important, the failure of the country's economy could be catastrophic, with potentially serious consequences on a regional and global scale.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Need for Real Reform in the Arab World
    Marwan Muasher June 5, 2011 ABC's This Week

    Rather than continuing with the reform rhetoric heard in many Arab countries, rulers who wish to remain in power must engage in serious, measurable, and inclusive efforts at real reform.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Political Turmoil in the North Africa and the Middle East
    Michele Dunne April 26, 2011 Diane Rehm Show

    As protests continue throughout the Middle East and North Africa, the international community is seeking to curb the increasing violence in Syria, continue military engagement in Libya, and convince Yemen’s President Saleh to step down.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Upheaval, Uncertainty in Yemen as Saleh Weighs Exit
    Christopher Boucek April 25, 2011 PBS Newshour

    Although Yemen’s President Saleh has indicated a willingness to step down, the situation in Yemen remains unstable. Many protesters feel their demands are still not being met, even as al-Qaeda expands its presence in the country and Yemen’s economy continues to fail.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    The Regime of President Ali Abdullah Saleh is Teetering
    Christopher Boucek April 7, 2011 Leonard Lopate Show

    An orderly transition of power in Yemen that avoids creating a vacuum with the departure of President Saleh is critical in order to meet the demands of the protesters and maintain stability in the country.

  • TV/Radio Broadcast
    Unrest Explodes in Yemen
    Christopher Boucek March 25, 2011 MSNBC

    Yemen’s President Saleh has indicated that he is ready to relinquish power. It is important that the United States, its European partners, and Saudi Arabia assist Yemen during its critical transition period.

  • Event
    Roadmap to National Dialogue: What Can Syria Learn From Regional Experiences?
    Majid Almadhaji, Darine El Hage, Wesam Jalahej, Romy Nasr, Oussama Safa May 30, 2014 Beirut

    Across the Arab world, states are emerging scarred by conflicts and revolutions. These states are often in dire need of national reconciliation efforts.

  • Event
    Gulf Diplomacy in a Shifting Middle East: Continuity, Change, and Implications for the United States
    Frederic Wehrey, Abdullah Al Shayji, Gregory Gause, Mehran Kamrava, Fahad Nazer October 24, 2013 Washington, DC

    Recent and dramatic developments in the Middle East have presented new challenges to the foreign policies of Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Arab states.

  • Event
    Salafis in Yemen: Caught in the Revolution?
    Laurent Bonnefoy, Ginny Hill, Marina Ottaway January 24, 2012 Washington, D.C.

    The Salafi movement in Yemen has historically been mostly apolitical, but the 2011 uprising has deeply transformed the Islamist camp.

  • Event
    Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and the Gulf States
    May 19, 2011 Washington, D.C.

    Yemen's power structures are under great strain as the political elite struggles to adapt to nationwide demands for a more responsive and inclusive government. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf states will play a critical role in Yemen's future.

  • Event
    John Brennan on U.S. Policy Toward Yemen
    John Brennan, Jessica Tuchman Mathews December 17, 2010 Washington, D.C.

    Under the Obama administration, the United States is increasingly committed to addressing the structural conditions that have undermined Yemen’s stability and rendered the country a haven for extremism.

  • Event
    Corruption in Yemen: Screening of Destructive Beast
    Abdulwahab Alkebsi, Christopher Boucek September 30, 2010 Washington, D.C.

    Corruption is the root cause of Yemen’s stagnated growth, wasting vital resources, time, and human capabilities. Combating corruption should be a central part of any strategy to reduce instability and improve the lives of Yemeni citizens.

  • Event
    Between Religion and Politics
    Nathan Brown, Amr Hamzawy, Marwan Muasher September 29, 2010 Washington, D.C.

    As Islamist movements in the Arab world become more politically active, they are struggling to pursue their moral and religious agenda while navigating daily political tussles. In the face of repressive regimes, they have achieved some popular support, but enjoyed few concrete successes.

  • Event
    The Rise of Anwar al-Awlaki
    Christopher Heffelfinger, Scott Shane, Christopher Boucek June 1, 2010 Washington, D.C.

    Radical cleric Anwar Al-Awlaki's powerful appeal to violent extremists, ties to al-Qaeda, and apparent inspirational role in the failed Christmas Day bombing and the Fort Hood shooting have made him a high priority target for the Obama administration.

  • Event
    Tribal Conflict and Resolution in Yemen
    Nadwa al-Dawsari, Nabeel Khoury, Christopher Boucek March 19, 2010 Washington, D.C.

    Since Yemen became a policy priority three months ago, there has been much discussion about the emergence of under-governed spaces in the country as host for Al-Qaeda. It is critical to understand how these alternatively governed areas function, deal with conflict, and how traditional methods of conflict resolution work.

  • Event
    Food Security in the Arabian Peninsula
    Eckert Woertz, Thomas Lippman, Oliver Wilcox, Christopher Boucek January 14, 2010 Washington, D.C.

    Food security is fast becoming a critical issue for Persian Gulf countries as they face three converging factors: tighter global food markets with strained export surpluses, a decline in domestic production, and continuous population growth.


Carnegie Experts on Yemen

  • Lina Khatib
    Middle East Center

    Khatib is director of the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut. Previously, she was the co-founding head of the Program on Arab Reform and Democracy at Stanford University’s Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.

  • Marwan Muasher
    Vice President for Studies

    Muasher is vice president for studies at Carnegie, where he oversees research in Washington and Beirut on the Middle East.

  • Frederic Wehrey
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Program

    Wehrey’s research focuses on political reform and security issues in the Arab Gulf states, Libya, and U.S. policy in the Middle East more broadly. He was previously a senior policy analyst at the RAND Corporation.

  • Maha Yahya
    Senior Associate
    Middle East Center

    Yahya is a senior associate at the Carnegie Middle East Center, where her research focuses on citizenship, pluralism, and social justice in the aftermath of the Arab uprisings.


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