60 Second Expert: The U.S. in Yemen

Zunes, Stephen
January 2010
Foreign Policy in Focus;1/15/2010, p2
The article discusses the military role of the U.S. in Yemen. Yemen is considered one of the poorest countries in world, with 40% of Yemenis unemployed. The author says the U.S. must keep in mind that Yemen is one of the most complex societies in the world with tribal divisions and political rivalries. He notes that sending U.S. forces or increasing the number of troops carries serious risks. He stresses the need for the U.S. to press Yemen's autocratic government to become more democratic and less corrupt.


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