Nabeel Khoury

  • Al-Qaeda Affiliate Gains from Yemen Crisis

    Al-Qaeda in the Arabia Peninsula (AQAP) has emerged as one of the biggest beneficiaries of the crisis in Yemen where its traditional enemies—Saudi Arabia and Zaydi Shia Houthi rebels—are preoccupied in a war against each other.

    “AQAP is benefitting from the chaos and the collapse of the Yemeni state,” Nabeel Khoury, a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East, said in an interview.

    “The forces that would normally be containing AQAP are divided and preoccupied… Altogether it seems like a free environment for AQAP in which to try to expand, recruit, take over certain areas that are neglected by other forces. It is a perfect time for them to make a move,” he added.

    Read More
  • Return to Diplomacy 'Best Bet' for Yemen

    Atlantic Council's Nabeel Khoury discusses crisis in Yemen

    A quick return to diplomacy is the best bet for Yemen, says Nabeel Khoury, a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East.

    Khouryspoke in an interview with the New Atlanticist’sAshish Kumar Sen.Excerpts below:

    Read More
  • Khoury on Pakistan and the Conflict in Yemen

    Voice of America quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Nabeel Khoury on how Pakistan's potential involvement would impact the conflict in Yemen:

    Read More
  • Khoury on the Saudi Campaign in Yemen

    CNBC quotes Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Nabeel Khoury on the limits of the Saudi campaign in Yemen:

    Read More
  • Joint Arab Military Force: A Force for Stability?

    The heads of Arab League countries agreed at a summit in Egypt last month to set up a joint military force.

    Tarek Radwan, an Associate Director for the Atlantic Council’s Rafik Hariri Center and editor of the MENASource blog, interviewed Atlantic Council analysts who weighed in on these plans.

    Read More
  • The Joint Arab Military Force and Yemen: Stability or Sectarianism?

    The conclusion of the Arab League Summit on March 30, 2015 culminated in a grand statement announcing the formation of a joint Arab military force to tackle regional challenges from the Maghreb to Yemen. While significant, particularly given the ongoing military operations and ground force mobilization led by Saudi Arabia against the Houthis in Yemen, the formation of a unified force has long preoccupied the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries in an effort to shore up their own security. Could this announcement herald a new source of stability in a volatile region?
    Read More
  • Khoury: Military Cooperation Is Key to Broader US Role in Yemen

    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Nabeel Khoury writes for the New York Times Opinion Pages on what the US role should be in the growing conflict in Yemen:

    Read More
  • Khoury on the Saudi-Led Air Strikes in Yemen

    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Nabeel Khoury joins NPR's Morning Edition to discuss the Saudi-led air strikes in Yemen:

    Read More
  • Will Chaos in Yemen Doom US War on al-Qaeda?

    Atlantic Council analyst sees opportunity for cooperation on drone strikes

    Yemen’s descent into chaos has jeopardized US counterterrorism operations there, but the Pentagon could still order scaled-down drone strikes against an al-Qaeda affiliate by working with like-minded elements in the Yemeni military, says an Atlantic Council analyst.

    US drone strikes on al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) continued even after February, when Houthi rebels—who often chant “Death to America”—ousted Yemeni President Abed-Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a key US ally in the war against AQAP.

    The United States, which considers AQAP the most dangerous branch of al-Qaeda, was able to carry out the targeted attacks by collaborating with elements of Yemen’s military with which it had worked while Hadi was in power, said Nabeel Khoury, a Nonresident Senior...

    Read More
  • Khoury on the Developing Situation in Yemen

    Rafik Hariri Center Nonresident Senior Fellow Nabeel Khoury joins NPR's All Things Considered to discuss Yemen's president fleeing the country and the withdrawal of US personnel from the country:

    Read More