Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and top world officials are trying to figure out how to help a shaky government in Yemen they suspect isn't fully committed to the battle against al-Qaida.
The terror incubator in Yemen, birthplace of the attempted Christmas Day airliner attack, is forcing the United States and allies to pour millions of dollars into Yemen. But officials aren't sure the money will be used wisely.
They'll gather for an international conference in London Wednesday to hash out a plan.
American worries about Yemen's commitment heightened last year after several Yemeni detainees who had been released from Guantanamo Bay prison resurfaced as leaders of the country's growing al-Qaida faction.
At the same time, the Yemeni government can be undermined by appearing too close to the Americans. The Yemeni people are virulently anti-Israel, and by extension anti-American.