by Katherine Zimmerman
American Enterprise Institute
February 18, 2014
Yemen is at a pivotal moment today. Three years after the outbreak of protests, Yemen is in the midst of a political transition process that will reform and decentralize the government, but success is far from assured. The reforms will not address the deteriorating socioeconomic conditions that provide fertile ground for al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP). Moreover, opposition groups may still seek to use violence to form independent states of their own. Meanwhile, AQAP is among the most virulent al Qaeda affiliates that poses a direct threat to the U.S. homeland. Other foreign and domestic policy issues are distracting the United States and its regional partners from sustained engagement in Yemen. Without international support, a smooth transition process will be much more risky and our security interests will be severely harmed.

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