What Yemen Needs
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.
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 literacy rates, extensive poverty and of course a weak currency that led to a new head of the Central Bank.
But none of those is what threatens Yemen's future. Instead, at least according to a meeting of scholars at al-Iman University, what Yemen really, truly needs is a department of Shari'a in its secondary schools.
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