Middle East Economic Survey
Political Comment (11 January 2010)
Al-Qa'ida's growing presence in Yemen has hit the headlines following the failed attempt to bomb a Detroit-bound airliner. The Houthi insurgents in north Yemen have responded positively to peace feelers. The war of words in Iran between hardliners and reformists is escalating. The Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff has been considering the options in the standoff over Iran's nuclear program.