Yemen has dominated the news recently, since U.S. authorities learned that the alleged Christmas Day bomber trained with al-Qaeda in Yemen.
Mutallab purportedly has links to radical imam Anwar al-Awlaki, the cleric known to have contacted alleged Ft. Hood shooter Nidal Hassan.
Martin Savidge hosts Christopher Boucek and Sudarsan Raghavan.
We examine the situation with al-Qaeda in Yemen and then address additional angles of the shifting circumstances.
The show analyzes the background of three different ongoing conflicts:
- al-Qaeda in Yemen (current activities, terror threat, government efforts)
- Houthi rebels in North (independence goals, Iran v. Saudi, Shia minority)
- South Yemen separatists (historical roots, central government weakness, clans)
Christopher Boucek is a research associate in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he focuses on regional security challenges. He has written widely on the Middle East, Central Asia, and terrorism.
Sudarsan Raghavan is the Washington Post’s correspondent in Yemen. He was recently their Baghdad bureau chief and next month will become their Africa bureau chief. He has reported from more than 50 countries and nine war zones in Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the former Soviet Union and Central America.
Host: Martin Savidge
Producers: Ben Piven and Lisa Biagiotti