For the first time in twenty years, a United States secretary of State has traveled to Yemen to visit what is becoming a key ally in America’s battle against terrorism. The trip, which was launched from nearby Dubai, where Hillary Clinton had been on a tour of the United Arab Emirates, was cloaked in secrecy for security reasons. Clinton was careful to meet with Yemen’s longtime autocratic president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has used the cooperation of the United States to shore up his own power, as well as opposition leaders. She’s also expected to speak to a group of students and legislators about the partnership between the two countries, and to urge the government to do more to protect the rights of women of all ages. In total, she’ll be on the ground in the capital, Sana’a, for roughly five hours.