Accession Number:

ADA536896

Title:

Denying Al Qaeda Safe Haven in a Weak State: An Analysis of U.S. Strategy in Yemen

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2010-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

117.0

Abstract:

The dubious merger between the al Qaeda affiliates in Yemen and Saudi Arabia in January 2009 quickly raised a red flag among U.S. policy makers in Washington. The newly formed transnational terror group known as Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula AQAP spurred President Barack Obama to initiate a thorough review and reinvention of U.S. policy towards Yemen. In response to the Presidents initiative the National Security Council NSC developed a two pronged strategy which sought to strengthen Yemens security apparatus, and improve its governance. The strategy is consistent with the administrations overall perception of the vulnerabilities inherent in a weak state, yet an investigation into the elements which define Yemens sociopolitical landscape, as well as an analysis of AQAPs strategy, reveal that the U.S. strategy toward Yemen embraces inaccurate assumptions. This study finds that the rapid buildup of Yemens security apparatus prior to the implementation of government reforms, has perpetuated the authoritarian rule within the country, further entrenching AQAP within the marginalized southern population.

Subject Categories:

  • Government and Political Science
  • Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE