Yahya Muhammad 'Abdullah Salih makes a rare appearance in the pan-Arab press talking about the importance of Yemeni-Saudi relations, following Salih's recent trip to the Kingdom, which I neglected to cover. He also brushes off worries about secession, perhaps a bit too glibly. But unlike other members of the president's inner circle, Yahya appears to be someone with both a patronage network of his own and the smarts to put such a network to good use. In fact, he along with a couple of other individuals were the subject of a paper I gave at MESA last year on the politics of succession in Yemen, which doesn't mean much save that I think he is someone to watch.
In other news, I continue to make my way slowly through Sada al-Malahim in my spare moments and I hope to have some more to post here in the coming days.