Yemen Policy Initiative

  • Khoury Quoted in Arab News on a Resolution on Yemen’s Civil War


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  • Khoury Joins Bloomberg to Discuss the Meeting Between Saudi Arabian Prince and Donald Trump


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  • The EU, Areas of Conflict in International Politics, and the Case for Assuming Greater Responsibility

    This article is remarks by Ralf Fuecks, president of the Heinrich-Böll Foundation, presented at the Foundation’s 17th Annual Policy Conference on June 17, 2016.
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  • Saab: The UAE’s Bold Choice in Yemen

    Brent Scowcroft Center Resident Senior Fellow for Middle East Security Bilal Y. Saab writes for Newsweekon the pitfalls of the United Arab Emirates’ intervention in Yemen:

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  • 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.

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  • 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:

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  • In Yemen, a US Policy Focused on Drones Missed the Roots of Instability and Terror

    US and Allies Need to Help Build Economy, Governance, and Justice, Analyst Says


    The chaos in Yemen underscores that the United States and its allies need a comprehensive security and economic strategy for that country, says Atlantic Council analyst Danya Greenfield. Yemen’s decline, marked yesterday as Shiite tribesmen besieged the presidential offices, has given new room for growth to the Yemen-based Islamist militant group al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).

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  • A Blueprint for a Comprehensive US Counterterrorism Strategy in Yemen

    A new Atlantic Council issue brief argues that current US counterterrorism efforts in Yemen fail to address deeper structural issues that foment extremism and destabilize Yemen's central government.

    In “A Blueprint for a Comprehensive US Counterterrorism Strategy in Yemen,” former US Ambassador to Yemen Barbara K. Bodine and Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Deputy Director Danya Greenfield contend that any US counterterrorism strategy to stem the growth of extremist groups and potential state failure in Yemen must address underlying economic and political issues. The authors outline a long-term and comprehensive approach that provides increased and consistent level of financial and technical assistance to address the pervasive lack of economic opportunity, structural unemployment, cronyism, and inequitable distribution of state resources.

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  • Do Drone Strikes in Yemen Undermine US Security Objectives?

    Despite President Obama’s assertion that the United States’ counterterrorism strategy targeting militants in Yemen and Somalia provide a “successful” model to be emulated in its fight against ISIS, a new Atlantic Council issue brief assesess the use of drones and the US strategy in Yemen, and argues this approach is shortsighted and threatens US national security objectives.

    In “Do Drone Strikes in Yemen Undermine US Security Objectives?” Rafik Hariri Center for the Middle East Deputy Director Danya Greenfield and Assistant Director Stefanie A. Hausheer argue that the US drone program in Yemen undermines long-term US national security objectives, citing the negative impact of civilian casualties, intelligence and targeting mistakes, and the rise of anti-American sentiment that can increase safe havens for extremist groups.

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  • Yemen: Protests and Mistrust of Government Hamper Another Arab Struggle Toward Stability

    Months After ‘National Dialogue’ Opened a Path Forward, Ill-Prepared Reforms Ignite New Turmoil


    Eight months after Yemen sparked hope for its stabilization with a broad political accord for a new, federal state, that agreement has eroded into massive protests that threaten to undermine the earlier progress. Tens of thousands of Shia tribesmen from Yemen’s Houthi movement have besieged the capital, Sanaa, for more than two weeks, demanding an end to corruption, the resignation of the government of President Abdrabbo Mansour Hadi, and the restoration of fuel subsidies Hadi removed in July.

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