Policy Brief published by Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED)
With a new president in power, Yemen has the opportunity to
fundamentally restructure its political and military system, but
multiple obstacles stand in its path. The Yemeni military remains a
disjointed body split by corrupt and self-serving officials, many of
whom are supported by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. With its
counterterrorism-based ties to the Yemeni security sector, the U.S.
appears reluctant to forgo these relationships for a reform process.
Alwazir argues, however, that the United States’ counterterrorism
efforts have been counterproductive and have provided fuel for terrorist
groups’ recruitment efforts. To achieve true long-term stability, the
U.S. should focus on providing economic support and development,
encouraging fundamental restructuring of the Yemeni military, tying
military aid to this restructuring process, and recalibrating the
U.S-Yemeni relationship to be less military-centric.
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