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Yemeni people walk near to Bab el-Yemen in the old part of San'a, Yemen, on Jan. 5, 2010. (AP)

Yemeni people walk near to Bab el-Yemen in the old part of San'a, Yemen, on Jan. 5, 2010. (AP)

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Yemen is the Arab world’s poorest country. It’s got two civil wars, a corrupt government, a major water shortage, guns all over, a surplus of Islamic militants — and it’s running out of oil.

And, oh yes, it’s a favorite retreat for Al Qaeda.

The Christmas Day would-be bomber says he got his training there. American missiles are falling there. And U.S. Special Forces are on the ground.

Is this the next American war zone? Is there a better way? This hour, On Point: an up-close look at what’s going on in Yemen.

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Joining us from Princeton, N.J., is Gregory Johnsen. A Yemen expert and Ph.D. scholar at Princeton University, he has travelled and researched extensively in Yemen, has advised the U.S. and British governments on that country, and has contributed to such publications as the Christian Science Monitor and West Point’s CTC Sentinel.

Joining us from Dubai is Riad Kahwaji, founder and general manager of the Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis, a think tank with clients that include governments in the region, the U.S. military and defense industry, as well as international oil firms and banks. He is also the Middle East Bureau Chief for Defense News and was Middle East Correspondent for Jane’s Defense Weekly from 1999 to 2001.

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