This project provides a comprehensive assessment of the counter-insurgency (COIN) operations being conducted against the Huthis. Specifically, how effective the Arab coalition’s Operation Decisive Storm, Operation Restoring Hope, and Operation Golden Arrow have been in achieving their stated goals and common COIN principles. The 2011 International Security Assistance Forces’ (ISAF) assessment paradigm is used in evaluating four domains of each operation. The four domains are security, governance, socio-economics, and relations-partnerships. The chosen indicators provide enough specificity to create a comprehensive assessment on both operational and campaign levels. The assessments of each operation show that the socio-economic and governance domains need the greatest improvements. There are also some security aspects that need to be addressed, such as, the combating of all other terrorist groups; particularly Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State’s walayits (ISIS).


Public Policy & Administration Department

First Advisor

Hodgkins, Allison

Committee Member 1

Lewis, Orion

Committee Member 2

Ali, Hamid


49 p.

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Not necessary for this item


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Publication Date

Fall 2-10-2016