In concise prose, Schmitz walks us through the summer and early fall in Yemen, detailing how the country has reached such a precarious point.
The article gives an excellently sober overview of what has happened in Yemen, I highly recommend it. (The only thing I disagree with is the title and subtitle, and I don’t think those were the author’s.)
Schmitz, as so many Yemen watchers, is pessimistic.
“The only real hope for Yemen now is another unexpected political surprise that will lead to a transitional government and legitimate elections. Given Saleh’s evident advantage in a now deeply fractured and divided country, that is a thin hope indeed.”