U.S. Interest in Yemen and its Influence to Stop Terrorism

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Yemen, a Middle Eastern country is located in the Southern Arabian Peninsula in an area what is known as the Horn of Africa. Like most Middle Eastern countries, it is a country that is rich in vast cultural beliefs but also facing many hardships. It is also one of the countries in that area that the United States must show and have an active interest regarding foreign policy. One of the main reason that the U.S. must have an active interest in the region is it has the potential to become a key site in the war on terror as a safe haven for terrorist organizations. At this time Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula has a strong presence there. (Temple-Raston, 2010) There are many key factors that can lead to Yemen becoming one of these safe havens. At this time, the political arena in the Middle East has been in turmoil in the past few months with public uprisings and ousting of leaders in Egypt. Yemen is not an exception. Yemen is a country on the brink of financial collapse, along with natural resources drying up. Yemen has a high poverty rate, a high illiteracy rate of people that can’t read and a young population. All of these factors and more will determine that different amount of resources the U.S. will pour into a country to help with their interest in combating the war on terror. The first alternative in dealing with a country is in a diplomacy area. Diplomacy with Yemen has been an up and down battle. Yemen itself has been a country that has struggled to attain a national bond within its people. The country unified between the north and the south in 1990. It 1994 the country had a short war brought on by the South, but that attempt for succession failed. The President of Yemen is President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ... ... middle of paper ... ...011 Index of Econmic Freedom. Retrieved March 13, 2011, from Yemen: http://www.heritage.org/Index/country/Yemen Johnsen, G. D. (2006, November-December Unkmown). Well Gone Dry. Retrieved March 12, 2011, from The American Interest Magazine: www.the-american-interest.com/article.cfm?piece=195 Shane, L. K. (2011, March 1). Radical Cleric Demands Ouster of Yemen Leader. Retrieved March 12, 2011, from New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/02/world/middleeast/02yemen.html Soufan, A. H. (2010, January 2). New York Times. Retrieved March 13, 2011, from Scenes From the War on Terrorism in Yemen: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/03/opinion/03soufan.html Temple-Raston, D. (2010, November 8). For Al-Qaida In Yemen, Targeting U.S. Is Personal. Retrieved March 13, 2011, from NPR: http://www.npr.org/2010/11/18/131423965/for-yemen-terrorists-targeting-u-s-it-s-personal

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