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Adam Heffez

In a little over a decade, Sana’a, Yemen, might become the world’s first capital to run out of water, turning its millions of citizens into water refugees. A major cause: the cultivation of qat, a mild narcotic plant that takes unusually large amounts of water to farm and to which much of Yemen's population is addicted.

Essay, Jul/Aug 2013
Daniel Byman

The Obama administration relies on drones for one simple reason: they work. Drone strikes have devastated al Qaeda at little financial cost, at no risk to U.S. forces, and with fewer civilian casualties than many alternative methods would have caused.

Essay, Jul/Aug 2013
Audrey Kurth Cronin

Drones are not helping to defeat al Qaeda and may be creating sworn enemies out of a sea of local insurgents. Embracing them as the centerpiece of U.S. counterterrorism would be a mistake.

Essay, Nov/Dec 2012
Linda Robinson

With the rise of endless irregular wars playing out in the shadows, special operations have never been more important to U.S. national security. But policymakers and commanders focus too much on dramatic raids and high-tech drone strikes. They need to pay more attention to an even more important task these forces take on: training foreign troops.

Christopher Swift

Critics argue that U.S. drone strikes are creating more problems than they solve and are driving al Qaeda’s recruiting. But as much as the terrorist network plays up civilian casualties and U.S. intervention in its propaganda videos, the truth is that economic distress, not resentment of U.S. strikes, is what's pushing Yemenis into the insurgency.

John R. Bradley

From the very beginning of the revolt in the Middle East, Riyadh has reached beyond its borders to influence events. So far, the kingdom has successfully outmaneuvered its rival Iran. Democracy, meanwhile, hasn't even qualified as an afterthought.

Letta Tayler

In recent months, as the world's attention shifted to Libya and elsewhere in the Arab world, Yemen's pro-democracy protests were overshadowed by a struggle among three of the country's most entrenched power brokers.

Bernard Haykel

In Yemen, Saudi Arabia has made an about-face, turning from a supporter of the status quo into the engineer of President Ali Abdullah Saleh’s departure. But with Saleh gone, Riyadh’s options for maintaining its influence only get more difficult.

James Spencer

With Yemeni President Ali Abdullah Saleh out of the country, the remnants of his regime and many analysts in the West are warning of a vacuum that could be exploited by al Qaeda. This fear, however, ignores how tribal politics and Islamist groups actually function in Yemen.

Charles Schmitz

With fighting now engulfing Yemen's capital, the country's uprising has turned into a tribal contest for power. President Ali Abdullah Saleh has proven to be a master manipulator of the country's tribal intrigues -- and likely preserved his own political survival.

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