Nonresident Senior Fellow Nadwa Al-Dawsari: “Governance is the Key to Defeating IS”

In an essay for Lawfare, POMED Nonresident Senior Fellow Nadwa Al-Dawsari writes on the roots of ongoing problems in Yemen and potential solutions to them.

Almost a year and a half after the conflict in Yemen escalated dramatically, the country has descended rapidly into chaos. The conflict has resulted in thousands of deaths and made the already poor country one of the world’s worst humanitarian disasters. The deteriorating security situation has enabled the expansion of Al Qaeda and emergence of the so-called “Islamic State.” Yet, the emergence of radical groups in the country is only a symptom; the real problem is the deeply flawed arrangement in which a corrupt and extremely centralized government (when it was working, that is), controlled by elites, have systematically and with impunity hijacked state institutions. Moving forward, this model must change, and the core of governance and security reforms needs to empower local authorities.

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