Monday, March 29th, 7:30pm, Smith Campus Center 208
Yemen burst onto headlines around the world Christmas Day 2009 when Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up an airplane with explosives hidden in his underwear. Days later, Yemeni authorities confirmed that Abdulmutallab spent several months in the country, supposedly to visit a local Al Qaeda affiliate who trained and equipped him for his failed bombing attempt.
As law enforcement around the world makes the presence of Al-Qaeda is a priority, there are many other pressing issues in Yemen’s future prospects. Its population is growing rapidly, its oil and water running out, and its central government occupied fighting the Sa’dah insurgency in the north. What has led Yemen to its current situation and where should they go from here? What should the United States do?
The person who will attempt to answer these questions for us is Brian O’Neill. A former writer and editor for the Yemen Observer. He is currently an independent analyst in Chicago. Brian has been published on Yemen in a number of publications including the CTC Sentinel, Jamestown Review and Jane’s Intelligence. He (until recently) wrote about Yemen on the blog Waq al-Waq (http://islamandinsurgencyinyemen.blogspot.com/).