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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.
Three interesting pieces on Yemen have hit the internet in the past couple of days, which people who follow Waq al-waq should definitely read.
The first, and most important, is this interview that Qasim al-Raymi - AQAP's military commander - gave to a Yemeni journalist. (The interview was originally published by al-Quds al-Arabi, but the font on that website drives me crazy, so I'm linking to, for me, (Ar.) an easier to read version.)
The next two pieces are parts I and II of an interview that Christopher Swift gave to Carl Prine on a recent research trip he took to Yemen. I don't agree with all of things that Swift says - and it is interesting to compare Raymi's version of what is happening in Yemen with Swift's version - but both piece are still well-worth your time.
I'm awaiting as well what Swift eventually writes for West Point.
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