In this edition of UN Plaza, I speak with Yemen expert Gregory Johnsen. As I mentioned in the diavlog, the UN has been warning about a brewing humanitarian crisis in Yemen since last fall. When I first approached Gregory for the interview before Christmas this was to be the topic of the interview. Clearly, Yemen has been thrust into the international spotlight since since then for reasons other than its swelling numbers internally displaced people.
In the interview, Gregory responds to some of the media coverage of Yemen, offers a succinct way to understand Yemen’s overlapping conflicts, gives a detailed history of the Houthi rebellion and offers advice to the United States and international community for approaching Yemen.
Check out Gregory’s blog Waq al Waq