The 21st Century has shown that the Core; connected countries that are predominantly stable and progressive with regards to security, governance & development are affected by what happens in the Non-Integrating Gap (or just Gap); countries that are disconnected, unstable, and not progressive with governance, security & development.[i][ii] Historically the transaction has been unidirectional, though with this evolution the Core was forced to change their methods of engagement with Gap regions. This evolution in foreign affairs is the new paradigm for engagement. Reviewing Yemen and Somalia as extreme examples will provide evidence of the new paradigm and its successes. Read More
Yemen is planning to develop industrial zones in each of the newly mandated federal regions. If this this occurs successfully it is a great move for Yemen as a whole. Think how each region will benefit individually while placing the responsibility on regional power brokers to protect the zones. The zones will provide jobs in each region while protecting the country from excessive industrial development in order to preserve one of Yemen’s greatest natural resource – its beautiful land.
This is great news. Foreign investment projects are up about a third from last year, breaking into the 200 millions. If yemen continues on its trajectory of reconciliation, infrastructure, development & security; this investment line will continue increasing. An interesting item to note is that two projects are invested from Iraq.
For all the naysayers out there, this is a good write up on how foreign aid & development was stalled a couple years back due to increased AQAP operations and how the increased CT operations have beat back AQAP enough to provide some room for development and aid to continue. The notable aspect of the bulk of the aid from the likes of the Gulf (UAE in this case) is that often their aid is for sustainable projects as opposed to just throwing money for temporary solutions.