"What has been going on for many, many years is ad hoc, day-to-day management of problems as these problems continue to grow and grow. Now, they have grown to a point where we fear the country is at risk."
– Abdul-Ghani Al-Iryani, Political Consultant in Yemen
And Christmas Day, 2009 showed that Yemen’s problems reach far beyond its borders. Al-Qaeda is camping out in the country’s remote tribal lands, and given the massive unemployed and undereducated youth population, terrorists have plenty of potential recruits. There is no quick fix to Yemen’s problems – it is a country of growing liabilities and declining assets. The international community is sending in lawyers, guns, and money, but it remains to be seen whether Sana’a can change its ways.