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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.

Mohammed al-Qadhi has a good piece detailing the latest kidnappings both in ‘Amran and in Sa’dah. He explains government accusations that the Huthis were behind both – a charge the […]
This is another wonderful piece from Mohammed al-Qadhi and a great companion piece to today’s article by Khaled al-Hammadi. This is just one of many reasons why the government is […]
We all know Yemen is in trouble: A resurgent al-Qaeda, a revolt in the north, increasingly violent actions in the south, no oil, no water, a growing youth bulge, declining […]
Well, if you are Ra’id al-Harbi, whose last will and testament was posted to jihadi forums over the weekend, you ride your camel nine hours across the border to Yemen. […]
Brian O’Neill of Always Judged Guilty has an op-ed on Yemen and the future – post AQAP strikes on the Huthis – in the National. You should read it.I have […]
I would also direct your attention to this piece by Mohammed al-Qadhi in the National on al-Iman University.I don’t think it is terribly difficult to get access to the university. […]
Still little discussion on the forums about the sentences handed down to the Tarim Cell today, although one post mistakenly claims that all 16 were sentenced to death. In the […]
I’ve been holding off linking to this article under the mistaken impression that I would have time to give it a close read, but as the days have gone by […]
With everyone talking about Ibrahim Asiri and a number of reporters asking what I knew about him, I thought it would be useful if I put together a little biographic […]
This is what happens in a war – conflicting reports based on hearsay and rumors and no one really knows what is happening.Lets review three security incidents from today.1. First, […]
Presumably there is more news than me finally being able to transfer al-Wahayshi’s latest speech on to my i-pod so that I can listen to his creaking voice as I […]
Yemen and fears of secession is the topic of the “Big Question” over at World Policy Journal’s blog. I helped a bit with the project – not in putting it […]
Waq al-waq is proud to link to Jarret Brachman’s blog on all things Jihadi. Jarret was kind enough to let me sit beside him at a conference last year back […]
A number of my favorite commentators on Yemen have been speaking and writing on Yemen lately and here is an assortment of their varied views:First up is Daniel Varisco of […]
The new issue of the Arab Reform Bulletin is out, and it has an article on the delaying of the elections in Yemen. Marine Poirier gives an overview of the […]