Over the past eight years, al-Qaeda has experienced a metamorphosis. The man now poised to succeed Osama bin Laden, and the embodiment of the “New Al-Qaeda Man,” is Shaykh Abu Yahya al-Libi, who has enjoyed a meteoric rise into the senior ranks of al-Qaeda and has been integral in recalibrating al-Qaeda.
Yemen’s stability is threatened by multiple security and economic challenges, ranging from a rapidly growing population to imminent economic collapse, and immediate and sustained international attention is needed to prevent Yemen from becoming a failed state.
If the Yemeni central government cannot fully control its territory, violent extremists will have a space to regroup and launch new attacks. Yemen's problems potentially threaten the region and the international community.