BBC NEWS 05/07/14
By Michael Shank

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A nation in dire need of help – Yemen is facing the seemingly impossible task of trying to build a nation torn apart by an “Arab Spring-like revolution”, writes Michael Shank of the Friends Committee on National Legislation in US News and World Report.

In order to keep Yemen from descending into chaos (as in Syria) or military dictatorship (Egypt), the international community must act fast, he warns.

The West must help Yemen’s government “ensure transparency, inclusiveness and delivery of basic services”, he says. It must also downsize its military and transition to “more appropriate policing and law enforcement capacities”. Finally, he says, it must create jobs through infrastructure investment.