April 2, 2015
Khoury on the Saudi Campaign in Yemen
"If I were advising the Saudis, (I'd say) an air war is not going to do it for you, and a full ground invasion from the north is a very bad idea," said Nabeel Khoury, a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, and the State Department's deputy chief of mission in Yemen in 2004-07. "You can insert a small force of elite soldiers, and put them in the south where they can intercept the Houthis if they further advance."
Khoury, who spoke with CNBC this week, said he would recommend employing that "carrot and stick" strategy to force the Houthis to come to the negotiating table.