Since 1972, Abdul Karim Al-Eryani has had a hand in Yemini politics. He has held many ministerial and goverenment positions, including as prime minister from 1998-2001. He is currently a close adviser of the president of Yemen.
In this interview, Mr. Al-Eryani discusses the current transition process in Yemen and the regional dynamics since the uprisings; al-Qaeda in Yemen; and what to do about Syria.
The interview was conducted by Walter Kemp, IPI’s Director for Europe and Central Asia, with assistance from Abdullah Alsaidi, Senior Fellow in IPI’s Middle East program.