Yemen and the MB/Qatar situation

Pro-democracy protesters shout slogans as they demonstrate to demand that Yemen’s former president Ali Abdullah Saleh be put on trial, in Sanaa

I have been lucky enough to not only work alongside Farea al-Muslimi in Beirut at Beyond Reform and Development/Irada but help interview him at CNN when I worked for GPS, as well. Here he explains that Yemen is too weak a country to make independent decisions or escape the implications of disagreements in its neighborhood (re: Muslim Brotherhood and Qatar vs. everyone else). Yemen basically didn’t withdraw its ambassador from Doha, Qatar like Saudi, the UAE and Bahrain had in early March, but that shouldn’t be seen as reflective of its policies. Yemen hasn’t criticized its neighbors for their stance on Doha, but Sanaa is now feeling the heat. The Gulf dispute remains a matter near and dear to Yemen because the countries around influence the actors inside Sanaa. Read al-Muslimi’s great analysis at al-Monitor, he explains what the Muslim Brotherhood, Yemen and the rest of the region’s limited options means for Yemen.

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