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Ibrahim Mothana, MA Biography

Late Yemeni activist, writer, and co-founder of Yemen's Al-Watan political party
Con to the question "Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?"

“Drone strikes are causing more and more Yemenis to hate America and join radical militants; they are not driven by ideology but rather by a sense of revenge and despair… Anti-Americanism is far less prevalent in Yemen than in Pakistan. But rather than winning the hearts and minds of Yemeni civilians, America is alienating them by killing their relatives and friends. Indeed, the drone program is leading to the Talibanization of vast tribal areas and the radicalization of people who could otherwise be America’s allies in the fight against terrorism in Yemen…

Yemeni tribes are generally quite pragmatic and are by no means a default option for radical religious groups seeking a safe haven. However, the increasing civilian toll of drone strikes is turning the apathy of tribal factions into anger… Certainly, there may be short-term military gains from killing militant leaders in these strikes, but they are minuscule compared with the long-term damage the drone program is causing. A new generation of leaders is spontaneously emerging in furious retaliation to attacks on their territories and tribes.”

“How Drones Help Al Qaeda,”, June 13, 2012

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Member of the Advisory Committee, Arab Thought Foundation, 2010-2013
  • Youth Ambassador, Arab Thought Foundation, 2010-2013
  • Former Co-founder of Yemen’s Al-Watan political party and the Yemen Enlightenment Debate
  • Former Global Changemaker
  • Former Oxfam Action Partner
  • Former UNESCO Young Education for Sustainable Development Voice
  • Former speaker at the UNESCO general conference, World Economic Forum on the Middle East, Istanbul World Forum, Jeddah Economic Forum, the Yemen in Transition conference at Harvard University, and the Tällberg Forum
  • Education:
  • MA, Project Management, Lund University, 2013
  • BS, Business Management, University of Science and Technology, 2011
  • Received diplomas from United Nations University in Tokyo and Amman
  • Other:
  • Died Sep. 5, 2013 at age 24
  • The youngest international monitor in the 2006 presidential and local elections in Yemen, as well as the 2012 presidential election in Egypt and the Public National Council election in Libya
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    Pro & Con Quotes: Should the United States Continue Its Use of Drone Strikes Abroad?