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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.

Both this report and this one cite the SITE institute as claiming they have a statement that was posted to the Internet by AQAP claiming responsibility for the attack on […]
Khalid al-Hammadi writes about the arms deal with Russia in al-Quds al-Arabi. (Speaking of Khalid, I would recommend his 1999 interview with Tariq al-Fadhli in al-Quds al-Arabi, which I re-read […]
Despite Hilal’s work on the mediation committee and Salih’s insistence that everything is fine, the rest of the government seems to be operating off of a different playbook.Mareb Press is […]
Since it appears as though I’m blogging again, Waq al-waq is doing a bit of housekeeping and has changed some of the sidebars. You know, keeping everything up to-date. Up […]
The early news out of Saudi Arabia is that Muhammad bin Nayif, the Deputy Interior Minister, escaped an assassination attempt by a suicide bomber with only light injuries. It is […]
Given how much interest my earlier post on rumors of fighting between Huthi supporters and Salafis in Dammaj generated, I thought I would link to this News Yemen article on […]
Al-Tagheer and other news outlets are reporting that the head of the Central Security Forces in al-Jawf, Ali Zayad survived an assassination attempt on Monday. The government is blaming the […]
AQAP has a statement out that is claiming responsibility for the ambush that killed five in Hadramawt on Monday. The group is calling itself the AbdullahBatis Squadron, which is a […]
Al-Arabiyya has two programs on Yemen. The first from the station’s Panorama program takes a look at the alleged Iranian support for the Huthis – claims that the US is […]
I saw this story in Arabic yesterday, and today the BBC has it, saying that Jabir al-Fayfi the surrendered or captured al-Qaeda member (either way he is in Saudi custody) […]
Earlier this morning I wrote that the Washington Post had gotten ‘Abdullah al-Midhar’s name wrong for what I called “reasons passing understanding.” Those reasons have now become clear to me, […]