Where to Begin . . .?
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.
I don't even know where to begin with this piece, so I really won't. Also I have better things to do with my time, but still check this out:
"Awash in guns and drugs - there are about six million weapons for only 11 million adults - the country has become a key transit point for smuggling from East Africa to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States."
I don't know how he mangled Brian's favorite stat, but there it is.
But as a bit of an antidote to that there is this, from the FT, which I got from Tom Ricks' blog and has the funniest thing I've read today. Anyone who has ever tried - and usually failed - to give advice to government officials knows what he is talking about:
"It’s like they’re coming in and saying to you, ‘I’m going to drive my car off a cliff. Should I or should I not wear a seatbelt?’ And you say, ‘I don’t think you should drive your car off the cliff.’ And they say, ‘No, no, that bit’s already been decided – the question is whether to wear a seatbelt.’ And you say, ‘Well, you might as well wear a seatbelt.’ And then they say, ‘We’ve consulted with policy expert Rory Stewart and he says."
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