Expert Says Solving Terrorism Should be Economic in Approach, Not Military

    The fight against terrorism should anchor on economic development strategies rather than military might, according to Mustafa Alani, a leading regional counterterrorism expert of the Dubai-based Gulf Research Center.

    Alani shared his views with Mark Leon Goldberg, a U.N. Dispatch columnist, about Yemen-U.S. relations, saying: “You are not going to solve the terrorist problem in Yemen by killing terrorists.”

    He believes that banking on economic development, like what Oman is doing right now for Yemen, would do more than the military approach perpetrated by Pentagon. 

    The World Food Program has cut its aid to Yemen due to inadequate source of funds. The U.S., meanwhile, plans to provide bilateral aid to Yemen worth USD150 million. 

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    • Chiden Balmes

      Chiden, a correspondent based in Seoul, focuses on computer-assisted reporting to provide international development professionals with practical business and career information. He also contributes to the Development Newswire and the Global Development Briefing, two of the world's highest-circulation development publications.

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