OP-ED

Partnering for a Stable Yemen

There is no doubt that the entire world currently faces a variety of challenges and each country has its unique challenge whether it is security, economy, illiteracy, health or many other things. As a developing country Yemen is in the womb of challenges that are typical to this nation as well as ones brought from the external environment.

Yemen has been trying to catch up with the modernization train by adopting democracy, human rights, elections, freedom of press, women rights, and other international values that would enable the society to cope up with global changes. However, Yemen has had to pay the price for the change as natural resistance to change has taken on many different forms.

The Second Gulf War which coincided with the reunification of both parts of Yemen paved the road for a plethora of crises. Yemen found itself facing different challenges that halted the anticipated progress of unification as it was confronted issues of security, stability, and the economy. These issues have resulted in phenomenon such as kidnapping westerns tourists and locals; attacks of the oil pipelines in Marib and elsewhere; the tribal disputes and revenge; as well interception of trucks supplying main cities with logistics including gas and oil.

Now challenges are taking even a more serious turn with the calls to separating Yemen coming from the south, the armed rebellions in Northern Saada, and the al-Qaeda sandwiched in between. Having a careful look at the latest incidents in these areas once can notice that Yemen is set to pay an expensive price for battles fought on its land but on behalf of others.

It is easy to blame Yemen for any terrorist incident even if it happens somewhere else in the world. Yemen seems to be the simple victim. This embarrassing situation increases the dissatisfaction of Yemeni citizens internally and world partners externally. It seems that people in Yemen accept the reality and give in. The government of Yemen failed to win its own people and achieve the required stability and also failed to achieve required reforms that would satisfy donors and the international community.

The latest explosive cargo ordeal is not a matter of conspiracy, but rather a message that indicates the future will witness new techniques and new players. Yemen in all situations can simply be the victim. Business will go down; air crafts will stop their flights to and from Sana’a and the winners will be the enemies of all. Therefore, the world should look for way to effectively support Yemen and not isolate it. Opportunities should be created and threats should be avoided for the sake of all