Gregory Johnsen

Near East Studies Scholar, Princeton University

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.

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Gregory Johnsen's Contributions
  • The Last Refuge Book Trailer

    This week The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda and the Battle for Arabia was released in the UK. For those wanting to get a sense of the book, I urge you to watch this short (1:41) book trailer, which you can view...

  • Does the US really try to Capture?

    On Thursday, John Brennan, President Obama's nominee to be the new director of the CIA, went before the Senate Intelligence Committee to answer questions. I watched all three and-a-half hours of the discussion...

  • 'Abd al-Rauf al-Dhahab and Bad Intel

    On Christmas Eve, Sudarsan Raghavan of the Washington Post wrote a detailed article about a September air strike in which the US attempted to kill 'Abd al-Rauf al-Dhahab, whom it believes to be a regional al-Qaeda...

  • Of Threats and Bounties

    On December 23 - the same day the US carried out an apparent drone strike in the al-Baydha governorate of Yemen, apparently targeting 'Abd al-Rauf al-Dhahab - AQAP released a 43 minute video. The video, which...

  • Sowing the Wind: Three years of strikes in Yemen

    Three years ago, on December 17, 2009, the Obama administration launched its first strike on what it believed to be an AQAP training camp in southern Yemen.  Unfortunately, what the Obama administration...

  • Why Did the US kill 'Adnan al-Qadhi?

    US officials continue to maintain as they have publicly for some time that in Yemen the US is only targeting the top 10-15 leaders of AQAP, whom it believes are actively plotting against the US and US interests in...

  • A Breakdown in Security

    A few weeks ago I wrote a piece about security in Sanaa and my own sense of unease during my last trip to Yemen.  That piece drew several comments both here on the blog and in person, where a number of people...

  • Guest Post: "After the Drone"

    Editor's Note: Today I'm thrilled to have a guest post by Adam Baron, an excellent journalist, who is working and writing from Yemen.  Today, he wrote a must-read story on his trip to see the aftermath of the...

  • The Yemen Model

    Today I published an op-ed in the NY Times, arguing that the "Yemen model" approach to counterterrorism is deeply flawed.  I also suggest a way forward for the Obama administration in selecting a new CIA...

  • The Jihadis of Yemen

    In the latest issue of New York Review of Books, Robert Worth reviews The Last Refuge along with Edmund Hull's book, High Value Target. Worth opens like this: Yemen is an ancient country on the southern heel...

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