Yemen: Background and U.S. Relations

24 11 2009

URL: http://opencrs.com/document/RL34170/. Source: Library of Congress.

With limited natural resources, a crippling illiteracy rate, and high population growth, Yemen faces an array of daunting development challenges that some observers believe make it at risk for becoming a failed state in the next few decades. Between 2007 and 2008, it ranked 153 out of 177 countries on the United Nations Development Programmes Human Development Index, a score comparable to the poorest sub-Saharan African countries.

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