Erik Stier is a freelance journalist based in Sana’a, Yemen. His work has appeared in Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor and Business Today. He holds a degree from New York University in Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and has studied Arabic at New York University, Columbia University and the Center for Arabic Language and Eastern Studies in Sana’a, Yemen. Erik has spent the past two and a half years living in Egypt and Yemen.
As calls intensify for the resignation of Ali Abdullah Salih, Yemen’s president of 32 years, the immediate impact of the political unrest on al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) remains