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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.

Sorry for the Delay in Posts

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.  […]

Christopher Boucek

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 […]

Jihadis talking in Yemen

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 […]

Bloggingheads on Yemen

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 […]

More Awlaki

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 […]

A Scene from Sanaa

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 […]

Who is Ruling Yemen?

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 […]

The US as Charlie Brown

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 […]

Decade of Fear

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. […]

Two New Books

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 […]

Postings Update

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 […]

Yemen Update

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 […]

The Seduction of Simple Solutions

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 […]