1 YEMEN DANCING ON THE HEADS OF SNAKES
By Victoria Clarke
Published by Yale University Press
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Victoria Clark argues in this book that we ignore Yemen at our peril. Yemen is the dark horse of the Middle East. Every so often it enters the headlines for one alarming reason or another--links with Al Qaeda, kidnapped Westerners, explosive population growth--then sinks into obscurity again. The poorest state in the Arab world, it is still dominated by its tribal make-up and has become a perfect breeding ground for insurgent and terrorist movements.
On a series of...