Yemeni Detainees and Jihadis: Guantanamo Repatriation and Saudi Arabia
More than a third of the detainees at the US Detention Facility at Guantánamo Bay are Yemeni. Other countries, notably Saudi Arabia, have repatriated some of their nationals but Yemen has been unable to provide sufficiently firm security guarantees to satisfy the US government; hence the tricky question of the Yemeni detainees remains unresolved. Saudi Arabia's experience of counter-terrorism and deprogramming may prove valuable. The speakers will discuss this situation and explore the links between Yemen and Saudi Arabia through the growing presence of Saudi jihadis in Yemen, which reflects the increasingly transnational nature of Al-Qaeda networks in the Arabian peninsula.