Gregory Johnsen, blogger and former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, discusses Yemen’s history and factional differences, blowback from U.S. military action, the economic hardships which are the primary motivation of the protests, the likelihood that Saleh could fall, how US aid to Yemen helps the government fight their enemies, rather than al Qaeda, the attempted attack of Christmas 2009 and what U.S. policy in Yemen should be.
MP3 here. (22:37)
Gregory Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. Johnsen has written for a variety of publications on Yemen including, among others, Foreign Policy, The American Interest, The Independent, The Boston Globe, and The National. He is the co-founder of Waq al-Waq: Islam and Insurgency in Yemen Blog. In 2009, he was a member of the USAID’s conflict assessment team for Yemen.