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Dr. Gregory D. Johnsen served on the Panel of Experts for the UN Security Council on Yemen from 2016 to 2018. He is the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia, which has been translated into multiple languages.

Dr. Johnsen holds a Ph.D. from Princeton University and Master’s degrees from Princeton and the University of Arizona. His writing on Yemen – and the wider Gulf – has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic Monthly, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. His journalism has won multiple awards, including a Dirksen Award from the National Press Foundation and, in collaboration with Radiolab, a Peabody Award.

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The Best of Intentions: How the Biden Administration Tried and Failed to End the War in Yemen

March 27, 2022
The Biden administration took office on January 20, 2021, determined to end the war in Yemen. On the campaign trail, candidate Biden had promised no…

The Kingpin of Sana’a – A Profile of Ahmed Hamed

May 18, 2021
In early February, Mahdi Al-Mashat, the youthful 35-year-old Houthi president, called a private meeting of senior government officials in Sana’a. Al-M…

Foreign Actors in Yemen: The History, the Politics and the Future

January 31, 2021
Foreign actors have a long history in Yemen. From the first Zaidi imam who arrived in the country in the ninth century to the regional military inte…

387 Days of Power: How Al-Qaeda Seized, Held and Ultimately Lost a Yemeni City

January 5, 2021
On March 26, 2015, Saudi Arabia launched Operation Decisive Storm, which was intended to be a brief air campaign – the Saudis told the US it would tak…

Biden Takes Over: Advice and Expectations for a New US Administration

December 10, 2020
US President-elect Joe Biden has made clear that his administration will cut off support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Yet it is not clear what US p…

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