Learn a bit more about Yemen
This past Christmas, the infamous "underwear bomber" made the news. It was part of the news that he had ties to Yemen, but what do we know about that country? While scanning some of the feeds I use to keep up, I came across this small report from the Brookings Institution entitled "What You Should Know About Yemen." Brookings also has posted a transcript of an event where policy experts discuss the topic of "Al Qaeda in Yemen: A New Foothold (if you follow this link, you will find a link to the transcript in PDF). These items reminded me of other country information sources that are freely available on the Internet that readers can use to learn more about Yemen and other countries.
- The CIA World Factbook has a page on Yemen where you can find out basic geographic information as well as a bit on the politics and history of the area. This is always a good place to start when it comes to country information.
- The U.S. Department of State has a series of Background Notes on countries that have relations with the U.S. Here is the direct link to the Yemen page. The Background Notes "include facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, economy, and foreign relations of independent states, some dependencies, and areas of special sovereignty."