Yemen: A Policy Maker's Nightmare
Series: Dubai Initiative Seminar
Open to the Public - Taubman, 5th floor, rooms A,B,C
March 24, 2010
|Speaker:||Charles Dunbar, Ambassador, Professor of International Relations, Boston University|
|Moderator:||Nicholas Burns, Ambassador, Professor of the Practice of International Diplomacy and International Politics, Harvard Kennedy School|
Related Project: Dubai Initiative
Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab's unsuccessful attempt to blow up an airliner over Detroit on Christmas Day of last year put Yemen and its al-Qa‘ida problem on the front page. The country's growing longstanding and growing connection with al-Qa‘ida in the Arabian Peninsula, now headquartered in Yemen, is from Yemeni President Salih's perspective the least of the problems his government faces. A six-year-old insurgency in northern Yemen that has drawn in Saudi Arabia, and a growing separatist movement in the south are higher on the President's list of political and security priorities. The country also faces oil revenues that are declining from a modest base, a burgeoning population, and a quietly growing water crisis. Charles Dunbar will address how President Salih will cope with these thorny problems, and how the United States will work with him to do so.
Refreshments will be served.
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