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Yemen: Dancing on the Heads of Snakes

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Yemen is the dark horse of the Middle East. Every so often it enters the headlines for one alarming reason or anotherand#8212;links with al-Qaeda, kidnapped Westerners, explosive population growthand#8212;then sinks into obscurity again. But, as Victoria Clark argues in this riveting book, we ignore Yemen at our peril. The poorest state in the Arab world, it is still dominated by its tribal makeup and has become a perfect breeding ground for insurgent and terrorist movements.

Clark returns to the country where she was born to discover a perilously fragile state that deserves more of our understanding and attention. On a series of visits to Yemen between 2004 and 2009, she meets politicians, influential tribesmen, oil workers and jihadists as well as ordinary Yemenis. Untangling Yemenand#8217;s history before examining the countryand#8217;s role in both al-Qaeda and the wider jihadist movement today, Clark presents a lively, clear, and up-to-date account of a little-known state whose chronic instability is increasingly engaging the general reader.

About the Author

Victoria Clark is a former correspondent and Moscow bureau chief for the Observer. She now works as a freelance journalist and writer, contributing to the Independent, Prospect magazine, and the Tablet.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780300117011
Author:
Clark, Victoria
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Subject:
Regional Studies
Subject:
Political Freedom & Security - Terrorism
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Jihad
Subject:
War -- Religious aspects -- Islam.
Subject:
Islamic Studies
Subject:
Middle East - General
Subject:
Middle East
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 illus.
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in 1.1 lb

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