Afghanistan

2012 ANSF Senior Leaders' Seminar (5-9 Nov 2012)

The 3rd ANSF Senior Leaders' Seminar was conducted at MCD. This seminar focused mainly on an overview of National Security Strategy and National Military Strategy linking ends, ways and means in the Afghan context. The goal is to develop a long-term relationship with the senior members...

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2023 Air Command and Staff College Seminar

On 12 July 2023, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) hosted approximately 90 students and faculty from the Air Command and Staff College. The group was briefed at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. by NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat on security...

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2023 Air War College International Officer Seminar

On 23 June 2023, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) hosted 54 international fellows and faculty from the Air War College. The students were briefed at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. by NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas on the Security...

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2023 NESA-IISS South Asia Security Forum

From 10–12 March 2023, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and its partner, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), co-hosted the 7th annual South Asia Security Forum in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The NESA Center team Distinguished Professor Hassan...

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Alumni Perspectives: Empowerment of Smaller Powers in South Asian Security Cooperation

While attending APCSS courses, Fellows are required to complete a Fellows Project which may be done as a presentation, research paper, or policy brief. APCSS is now making these papers available on line with our new Alumni Perspectives publications. "Empowerment of Smaller Powers...

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Annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference

From 24-26 September 2021, Dean Dr. Roger Kangas along with Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas and Professor John Gill participated in the restart of the annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference in Bahrain. This was the 14th iteration of the conference after a hiatus in 2020 because...

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Connecting Central Asia, the South Caucasus, and Beyond

From 9–12 July 2023, the NESA Center hosted the 10th annual Strategic Studies Network (SSN) Central Asia Working Group meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan. The NESA Center partnered with the Caspian Policy Center (CPC) and the Azerbaijan Diplomatic Academy (ADA) to manage...

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DIILS PARTNERS WITH SLOVENIA TO PREP FORCES FOR DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN

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Executive Seminar: Conflict Beyond Evolving Warfare

From 31 January to 11 February 2022, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) hosted a virtual Executive Seminar on “Conflict Beyond Evolving Warfare.” Course Director NESA Center Associate Professor David Des Roches welcomed the group and started the seminar,...

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International Military Officers’ Forum

From 1-5 November 2021, the NESA Center hosted foreign military officers assigned to U.S. Central Command in Tampa in Washington D.C. for an International Military Officers’ Forum titled “World Power Competition and Middle East Turmoil.” NESA Center experts, including Professor Dr. Richard...

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San Antonio Fiesta Flambeau parade
International Salute to Fiesta San Antonio!

By Col Jeff Cooper, USAF Commandant, Defense Language Institute English Language Center   In what is growing into a San Antonio tradition, 102 military service members representing 58 countries around the world, from Nigeria to Afghanistan to Ukraine, marched with their...

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Iraq Capstone and Iraq’s National Defense College Visit

On 20-24 September 2021, the NESA Center hosted a delegation from the Iraq Capstone and Iraq’s National Defense College for a five-day seminar series. Amidst the ongoing Iraq-United States Strategic Dialogue, the United States Department of Defense sought to provide its Iraqi counterparts...

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 Marshall Center Graduate Awarded US Meritorious Service Medal for Service in Afghanistan
Marshall Center Graduate Awarded US Meritorious Service Medal for Service in Afghanistan

  Link to story on US Embassy Poland Website Link to story on Polish Navy Website (in Polish)

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NESA Center Roundtable Discussion with the Indian Institute of Public Administration

On 6 February 2024, five NESA Center faculty members held a seminar discussion at NESA Center offices in Washington, D.C., with two faculty members and twelve students from the Indian Institute of Public Administration (IIPA) regarding current and emergent policy issues in South...

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NESA-IISS South Asian Security Forum in Bahrain

25 to 27 March 2022 – The NESA Center and its partner, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), co-hosted the sixth annual South Asian Strategic Forum in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This unique Track 1.5 dialogue brought together 40 participants from India, Pakistan,...

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NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference in Oman

In partnership with the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), the NESA Center for Strategic Studies held the 16th annual NESA–IISS Southern Asia Security Conference in Oman from 13–15 October 2023. NESA Center Dean Dr. Roger Kangas and Professors Dr. Hassan Abbas and John...

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Pakistan can help win peace in Afghanistan, but only once it’s stable and secure itself

Shyam Tekwani has a new opinion piece in the South China Morning Post called “Pakistan can help win peace in Afghanistan, but only once it’s stable and secure itself.”  Tekwani discusses Pakistan’s roadmap to peace in Afghanistan, its own internal challenges, and the opportunity to...

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Qatari Diplomatic Institute Virtual Seminar

From 08-10 November 2021, Dr. Gawdat Bahgat led the Qatari Diplomatic Institute Virtual Seminar to help foster a shared understanding of the evolving strategic landscape in the Middle East and promote mutual cooperation. The seminar was attended by over 100 officials from the Qatari...

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Security Trends and Challenges in South Asia

From 28–30 August 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with the Bangladesh Center for Indo-Pacific Affairs (BCIPA) Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University, hosted a Strategic Studies Network (SSN) seminar...

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Senior Executive Seminar: Global & Regional Power Competition

From 15-19 November 2021, the Near East South Asia Center (NESA) hosted a virtual Senior Executive Seminar titled “Global and Regional Power Competition.” The seminar started off with welcomes from Course Director Dr. Michael Sharnoff, NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, and NESA...

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Alumni Publication: "2 Years of Structural Violence and Humanitarian Crisis Under the Taliban" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 16 August 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D’Souza's Op-Ed "2 Years of Structural Violence and Humanitarian Crisis Under the Taliban." "Since the fall of Kabul in August 2021, the Taliban have entrenched themselves in power and common Afghans have been...

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Alumni Publication: "2024: What to Expect in Afghanistan" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza recently authored a piece on what to expect in Afghanistan in 2024, which was published in The Diplomat magazine's 110th issue cover story, "2024: What to Expect in the Asia-Pacific," on 1 January 2024. The January 2024 issue identifies major...

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Alumni Publication: "A Reality Check on Afghanistan’s Isolation Under the Taliban" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 24 February 2024, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article, "A Reality Check on Afghanistan’s Isolation Under the Taliban." "Beneath the U.N. secretary general’s claims of consensus in Doha, a clear division is visible among countries...

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Alumni Publication: "Afghanistan Left Out of Global Climate Change Conversation" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 19 December 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article, "Afghanistan Left Out of Global Climate Change Conversation." "Afghanistan under the Taliban was once again shunned from the COP28 climate change conference," writes D'Souza. Read...

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Alumni Publication: "Afghanistan’s Climate Crisis: Addressing Drivers of Conflict" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 10 February 2024, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article, "Afghanistan’s Climate Crisis: Addressing Drivers of Conflict." "Helping Afghans deal with climate-induced emergencies could aid in addressing the drivers of unending conflict and...

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Alumni Publication: "Afghanistan’s Truncated Capacity to Respond to Natural Disasters: Isn’t it Time for the International Community to Step In?" by Dr. Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 19 February 2024, the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs published NESA Center alumna Dr. Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article, "Afghanistan’s Truncated Capacity to Respond to Natural Disasters: Isn’t it Time for the International Community to Step In?" "Following the capture...

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Alumni Publication: "After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 28 March 2024, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article, "After Attack in Russia, Focus Turns to ISKP in Afghanistan and Central Asia." "The focus on and understanding of ISKP’s core area in Afghanistan and Pakistan needs to be expanded...

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Alumni Publication: "Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan: Information Blackhole and Strategic (Mis)communication" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 05 July 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D’Souza's article "Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan: Information Blackhole and Strategic (Mis)communication." "U.S. and U.N. estimates about al-Qaida’s strength and position in Afghanistan differ. Sorting...

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Alumni Publication: "America and the 'War of Ideas' Against Islamic Extremism" by Ilan Berman

On 11 August 2023, the American Foreign Policy Council (AFPC) published the article "America and the 'War of Ideas' Against Islamic Extremism" by Ilan Berman, a NESA Center alum and regular speaker for NESA Center programs. Berman's article is featured in AFPC's latest...

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Alumni Publication: "An ambassador arrives: China tangos with the Taliban in Afghanistan" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 18 September 2023, the Middle East Institute published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's brief analysis "An ambassador arrives: China tangos with the Taliban in Afghanistan" in its weekly newsletter/blog Monday Briefing. "The Taliban regime, which recently welcomed the...

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Alumni Publication: "An Iranian Reversal on Afghan Refugees" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 14 November 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article "An Iranian Reversal on Afghan Refugees." "The difference between the deportation policies targeting Afghans in both Pakistan and Iran is the noise surrounding these efforts," writes...

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Alumni Publication: "ANALYSIS: India’s Central Asia Outreach: Countering China’s Expanding Footprint" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza and Bibhu Prasad Routray

On 30 October 2023, Mantraya published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D’Souza's analysis "India’s Central Asia Outreach: Countering China’s Expanding Footprint," which she co-authored with Bibhu Prasad Routray. ABSTRACT: For the past couple of years, India has used several...

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Alumni Publication: "ANALYSIS: Pakistan’s deepening woes in Balochistan" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza and Bibhu Prasad Routray

On 20 July 2023, Mantraya published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's co-authored analysis on "Pakistan's deepening woes in Balochistan." "Pakistan is facing an uphill task in Balochistan. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) is expanding its influence into the restive province...

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Alumni Publication: "China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Taliban’s Economic Dreams" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 19 October 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article "China’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Taliban’s Economic Dreams." "The specter of insecurity in Afghanistan has been replaced by a lack of governance and widespread incompetence. Investors...

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Alumni Publication: "Earthquake in Afghanistan: Natural disasters, international isolation, and Taliban incapacity" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 18 October 2023, the Middle East Institute published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article "Earthquake in Afghanistan: Natural disasters, international isolation, and Taliban incapacity." "In natural disaster-prone Afghanistan, official familiarity with such...

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Alumni Publication: "Hobson’s Choice for India in Taliban-Held Afghanistan" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 19 September 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D’Souza's latest Op-Ed "Hobson’s Choice for India in Taliban-Held Afghanistan." "When it comes the question of engaging with the Taliban, New Delhi favors a cautious middle path," writes D’...

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Alumni Publication: "Impasse at Torkham: Pakistan’s Border Closure a Pressure Tactic on the Taliban" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 20 January 2024, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article, "Impasse at Torkham: Pakistan’s Border Closure a Pressure Tactic on the Taliban." "Pakistan is leveraging the border as a tool of pressure to secure its political interests vis-a-...

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Alumni Publication: "In Afghanistan, Taliban Face a Growing Threat in ISKP" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 21 March 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D’Souza's article titled "In Afghanistan, Taliban Face a Growing Threat in ISKP." "The Taliban are neither demonstrably capable of weakening ISKP, nor are they willing to accept any capacity enhancing external...

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Alumni Publication: "India, Iran, and the Taliban’s Gamble on Chabahar" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 28 May 2024, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's latest article titled "India, Iran, and the Taliban’s Gamble on Chabahar." "India is trying to breathe life into Iran’s long delayed Chabahar port. India Ports Global Limited (IPGL) and the...

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Alumni Publication: "Krisen in Afghanistan - Grenzen externer Intervention" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

NESA Center Alumna Shanthie Mariet D’Souza writes about the crisis in Afghanistan in her latest piece titled "Krisen in Afghanistan - Grenzen externer Intervention (Crises in Afghanistan - Limits of External Intervention)”, which was published in Volume 196 of the German ...

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