As Yemen lurches into increased instability with no clear successor to President Saleh. Yemen expert Bernard Haykel says the best intermediate political solution would be a national unity council until elections can be held.
Yemen could be edging toward civil war, particularly if the military gets involved in both sides of the conflict, says Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen, but the United States has limited ability to influence the outcome in a country that has been an ally in fighting terrorism.
The Christmas bomb attempt on a Detroit-bound plane has raised new concerns about "ungoverned spaces." But CFR’s Stewart Patrick argues that the term fails to address the real security concerns presented by nations like Yemen.