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.