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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.

First, a big and heartfelt thanks to all of you who  have continued to check Waq al-waq over the past few months as I’ve struggled to overcome several technical issues.  […]
Brian O’Neill, co-founder of Waq al-waq, remembers Chris: As most people reading this today already know, Chris Boucek- suddenly, unexpectedly, tragically, passed away this morning, at the shockingly young age […]
Earlier today Aaron Zelin over at Jihadology pointed me to a new release on the forums.  Ansar al-Shariah, the group we first heard about earlier this spring in a talk […]
Last Thursday I recorded a bloggingheads session on Yemen with Afrah Nasser.  In the 43-minute video we talked about the current stalemate in Sanaa and what, if anything, can be […]
For those who want more al-Awlaki, although I don’t see how you possibly could.  Here is a radio spot I did for the Takeaway this morning. And a video from […]
Most of us have little idea what the fighting in Sanaa over the past several days has been like.  We can imagine if not quite comprehend the daily struggles that […]
Over the past couple of days as the international media has once again focused on the bloody fighting in Sanaa, they have invariably asked themselves, Yemenis, and outside observers the […]
I have a soft spot for old comic strips/cartoons.  One of my favorites is Peanuts and its star Charlie Brown.  Throughout the comic there is a running gag in which […]
Today, north of the border, in one of my favorite Canadian cities, there is a book launch for Michelle Shephard’s new book, Decade of Fear: Reporting from Terrorism’s Grey Zone. […]
After a much need break from the internet, blogging, and twitter, I have returned to the US and Waq al-waq.  I spent much of my break camping, fishing, and reading […]
For the past several weeks I’ve had severely limited internet access thanks to Itisalat and TE Data (two of Cairo’s least helpful internet providers), which has been responsible for the […]
While I’ve been busy thinking and blogging about drones these past few weeks, things on the ground have continued to evolve even if there hasn’t been a great deal of […]
Late last week Frank Cilluffo and Clint Watts released a policy brief from George Washington University’s Homeland Security Policy Institute entitled “Yemen and al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula: Exploiting a […]