U.S. and Yemeni counterterrorism efforts dealt a serious blow to al-Qaeda’s operations in Yemen in 2003, but lapsed vigilance by both governments allowed the organization to resurge in 2006. Gregory D. Johnsen, an expert on Yemen and author of the blog Waq al-waq, will discuss the growing strength of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula and its evolution and maturation under the leadership of Nasir al-Wahayshi, a former secretary of Osama bin Laden.
A light lunch will be served.
Gregory D. Johnsen
Gregory D. Johnsen, a former Fulbright Fellow in Yemen, is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton University. He has written for, among others, American Interest, Boston Globe, the Independent and the CTC Sentinel. He also runs the Yemen blog, Waq al-waq.
Shari Villarosa became deputy coordinator for Regional Affairs in the Office of the Coordinator for Counterterrorism in September 2008. Previously she served as U.S. chief of mission in Rangoon, Burma from August 2005 to August 2008. Prior to that assignment she served as director of Philippines, Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore Affairs in the Department of State’s East Asia and Pacific Bureau; economic counselor of the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia; and chargé d’affaires of the U.S. embassy in Dili, East Timor.
Christopher Boucek is an associate in the Carnegie Endowment Middle East Program and an associate fellow with the Royal United Services Institute for Defense and Security Studies in London. Previously, he was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University and lecturer in Politics at the Woodrow Wilson School, and a security editor with Jane’s Information Group.