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New Counter-Terrorism Magazine

The Combating Terrorism Center at West Point has released the first issue of The Sentinel, a scholarly look at terrorism around the world.   A pdf copy of it can be downloaded here.   Of particular interest is page 14, where Gregory Johnsen- late of this site- has a rigorous look at “Securing Yemen's Co-operation in the Second Phase of the War on Al-Qaeda”.     This article looks at the changing nature of al-Qaeda in Yemen, looking at what some are calling a generational shift , and how Yemen has to deal with it.  The overall thrust of the publication is US policy, and how to combat and defeat terrorism.   Johnsen's article is no exception, and is a good and sober guide at how to look at situational realities instead of having an overbearing blanket approach.

In an article later this week we’ll look more into the idea of a generational split in Yemen, and whether or not Yemen is becoming the new base for al-Qaeda, a notion that has been gaining some traction. 



Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill is a freelance writer currently based out of Chicago. He has lived in Egypt and in Yemen, and worked as a writer and editor for the Yemen Observer publishing company. He currently is an analyst with the Jamestown Foundation.