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Fragility and Extremism in Yemen

In 2009 and 2010, nearly a decade after 9/11, terrorists with ties to Yemen reminded the world that global threats continue to emanate from fragile states, no matter how distant and remote. Although Yemen may just now be joining the list of notorious terrorist safe havens—together with Somalia, Afghanistan and Pakistan—its fragility is not newfound. Nor is the presence there of threats to U.S. and international security.

Yemen—boasting a host of security challenges and sources of instability but without a well-functioning government or consistent and comprehensive foreign assistance—thus offers a constructive case study for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Stabilizing Fragile States Initiative, which considers how to revise and restructure U.S. policy toward strategically important weak states.

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