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The Scoop
June 17, 2011

What next for Yemen?

by
Robin Simcox

For those wondering what form of government those demonstrating in the streets in Yemen are demanding, I would strongly recommend this interesting article in The Guardian today by Dr Tariq Aldoais, an activist and doctor in the Yemeni youth revolution. It is a heartening piece, and a reminder that the reason Yemenis wanted to see the back of Saleh was because of reasons that should resonate with all those in the West: greater freedom and political and democratic accountability. Saleh may be gone (for all intents and purposes), but these are the very things that al-Qaeda there are determined not to see happen, and are subsequently murdering those that get in their way. Yemen deserve our support in the face of al-Qaeda’s nightmarish vision for the country.

Robin Simcox

About Robin Simcox

Robin Simcox is a Research Fellow at the Henry Jackson Society, where he specialises in al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda inspired terrorism. He is the co-author of both editions of 'Islamist Terrorism: The British Connections' and several other reports broadly focussed on national security, terrorism and al-Qaeda and al-Qaeda affiliated movements across the world. Simcox has written for the likes of the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, Guardian, Weekly Standard, Spectator, Huffington Post and Daily Telegraph and regularly appears across a broad variety of media outlets, including the BBC, Fox News, Sky News, Channel 4 and al-Jazeera. He has spoken on a variety of platforms, including the British Parliament, US Special Operations Command and the European Parliament.

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