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The 6th Great Power Competition Conference

On 8 December 2022, the University of South Florida (USF), in collaboration with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, held the 6th Great Power Competition (GPC) Conference titled “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for the Central Region.” This...

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The 7th Great Power Competition Conference

On 7–9 March 2023, the Global and National Security Institute (GNSI) at the University of South Florida (USF), in collaboration with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, held the 7th Great Power Competition (GPC) Conference titled “The...

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The Evolving Significance of Afghanistan in China’s Strategic Calculus: From an Insignificant ‘Backyard’ to a Consequential Geostrategic Hub

“The Evolving Significance of Afghanistan in China’s Strategic Calculus: From an Insignificant ‘Backyard’ to a Consequential Geostrategic Hub” is the title of a paper written by Dr. Atal Ahmadzai for Security Nexus. This article addresses how Afghanistan may shift its strategic outlook to...

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The Joint Recovery of Fallen Soldiers from the Korean War: One Way for American, Chinese, North and South Korean Soldiers to Cooperate and Reconcile

“The Joint Recovery of Fallen Soldiers from the Korean War: One Way for American, Chinese, North and South Korean Soldiers to Cooperate and Reconcile,” is the title of a paper by Dr. Sungmin Cho for Security Nexus. This article recommends a cooperative solution to easing tensions on...

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The Nature of Power: A Metcalfe’s Law National Security Strategy

“The Nature of Power: A Metcalfe’s Law National Security Strategy” by James Sullivan is the latest paper written for DKI APCSS’ Security Nexus. In his paper, Sullivan says that “the world is at a crossroads is true, but not in the way it is popularly understood.” He states, “Peer...

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The Post-COVID19 World: Globalization with Different Characteristics

“The Post-COVID19 World: Globalization with Different Characteristics” is a new paper co-authored by DKI APCSS professors Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Virginia Bacay Watson for Security Nexus. This OpEd speculates on how trade strategies combined with US-China strategic competition and the...

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation: A Tenable Provider of Security in Post-2014 Central Asia?

Can the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) service as a security provider in post-2014 Central Asia?  Dr. Jeffrey Reeves discusses whether, and to what degree, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) can fulfill this role in his new article “The Shanghai Cooperation...

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The Sino-Russian Approach to the Maritime: A Mare Clausem System?

“The Sino-Russian Approach to the Maritime: A Mare Clausem System?” is the title of a paper by Dr. John Hemmings for Security Nexus. This article highlights how the increase in resources and focus gives US forces the ability to push back and fight in the information domain, a space...

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Urgent Policies Required to Grant Public Access to Protected Health Information during Emergency Disease Outbreaks and Pandemics

“Urgent Policies Required to Grant Public Access to Protected Health Information during Emergency Disease Outbreaks and Pandemics” is a new OpEd coauthored by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Deon Canyon and Research Analyst at the University of California San Francisco Dr. Sebastian Kevany, for...

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US-China Relations

Excerpt: 'If one day China should change her color and turn into a superpower, if she too should play the tyrant in the world, and everywhere subject others to her bullying, aggression, and exploitation, the people of the world should identify her as social-imperialism, expose it,...

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Vietnam’s Approach to China: Bamboo Diplomacy with Neo-tributary Characteristics

Dr. Alexander Vuving has published an article for The Diplomat titled, “Vietnam’s Approach to China: Bamboo Diplomacy with Neo-tributary Characteristics.” This article discusses China’s efforts in strengthening China-Vietnam relations and Vietnam’s use of bamboo diplomacy to keep China...

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Washington Seminar Discussion – May 2023

On 10 May 2023, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Washington Seminar Discussion at the Army-Navy Club in downtown Washington, D.C. The seminar presented a conversation between Dr. Gawdat Bahgat (Professor, NESA Center) and Dr. Seth Center (Deputy Envoy...

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Washington Seminar: “Is the U.S. Pulling Out of the Middle East?”

On 21 April 2022, The Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies hosted another Washington webinar to explore the security challenges facing the Middle East and South Asia. The U.S. national security strategies, over the past two presidential administrations, have called for more...

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Why is China on a Hyper-Aggressive Streak during a Global Pandemic?

“Why is China on a Hyper-Aggressive Streak during a Global Pandemic?” is a new paper by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. In this OpEd, Sitaraman offers three explanations as to why China is engaged in hyper-aggressive behavior in the midst of a global pandemic...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: Central Asia – Challenges and Opportunities for Regional Stability

Overview: Central Asia stands at a critical juncture, subject to influence by various global powers and regional actors. The strategic landscape is characterized by a delicate balance of interests, including those of the United States, Russia, China, and the European Union. The region’s...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: Prospects and Complexities of China-Iran Relations, Implications for the U.S., and Regional & Global Repercussions

Introduction: China-Iran relations have steadily evolved and expanded in the domains of geopolitics, economics, and diplomacy since the Iranian Revolution in 1979. The recent agreements and partnerships between the two countries, reflected in the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) as well as the 25-...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: The Role of Regional Powers in the Contemporary Complex Geo-Political Environment

Overview: Since the late 20th century, the term ‘regional power’ in international relations has been used for a sovereign state that exercises significant power within a given geographical region. There is a broad consensus that a necessary condition for regional ‘power hood’ is that these...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: Weaponizing the Belt and Road Initiative

Overview: In October 2012, Professor Wang Jisi was the first Chinese scholar to speak about the need for China to revitalize the three Silk Roads to Southeast Asia, South Asia, and Central Asia. One year later, China’s “One Belt, One Road” initiative became prominent. President Xi Jinping, in a...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: “The Hardest 'Soft' Approach on the Yemeni Crisis: An Opportunity to Retake the Initiative in the Middle East”

Overview: Armed conflicts, across human history, brought unquantifiable loss of fortune, lives, and cultural diversity, effectively stalling, nullifying, or even reversing civilization progress, in countless occasions. This paper aims to clear the “fog of war” that is covering Yemen and the...

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Faculty Publication: "Saudi-Iran Rapprochement: A contrarian view" by David Des Roches

On 26 April 2023, Azure Strategy published NESA Center Professor David Des Roches's Op-Ed "Saudi-Iran Rapprochement: A contrarian view" on what the Beijing-brokered Saudi-Iran agreement reveals about the Middle East roles of the U.S. and China. "The resumption of Saudi-Iran diplomatic...

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Five things we learned about China’s ambitions for the Pacific from the leaked deal

APCSS alumna Anna Powles writes, "The draft communique reveals the ambitious scope of Beijing’s intent in the Pacific and a coherent desire from China to seek to shape the regional order. Ten years ago, Pacific security thinkers would debate whether Chinese engagement in the Pacific was by default...

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J5 Academic Paper: “NEOM City: Integrated Campaigning and Competition with China”

Abstract: NEOM City is a planned futuristic metroplex that serves as a $500 billion cornerstone of the Vision 2030 strategic framework that reduces Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and diversifies its economy. Currently, USCENTCOM does not have a plan to capitalize on what will become a regional...

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Nepal: A fertile ground for Buddhist diplomacy

APCSS alumnus Binoj Basnyat writes, "Prime Minister Modi made an official visit to Lumbini, Nepal—Lord Buddha’s birthplace—on 16 May 2022 on the occasion of Buddha Purnima. This comes at a time when the world is becoming increasingly divided over the Ukraine conflict, when the role of the...

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NESA Center Update: April – May 2023

The NESA Center April – May 2023 Update focuses on Central and South Asia region trends. The update also highlights April through May NESA Center programs and events, faculty and staff engagements, alumni contributions, and a calendar with upcoming events. Central...

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Publication des anciens : L'Algérie au centre de la politique africaine des Etats Unis à l’Ere d'une nouvelle dynamique géopolitique (Analyse) par le Dr Arslan Chikhaoui

A l’occasion de sa récente  conférence de presse, Madame l’Ambassadeur des Etats Unis à Alger, Moore Aubin,  a déclaré que: “….notre coopération sécuritaire et notre guerre commune contre le terrorisme sont la pierre angulaire de nos relations bilatérales, ainsi les deux pays œuvrent...

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Publication des anciens : Sommet de Davos 2023 (Analyse) par le Dr Arslan Chikhaoui

Au regard des discussions au Forum de Davos, je réaffirme sans ambiguité que le  paysage mondial s’achemine vers une cartographie géopolitique et géoéconomique multipolaire qui se dessinera avec ses certitudes et ses incertitudes résumées comme suit : Les Certitudes Une...

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The Rise of Generative AI and the Coming Era of Social Media Manipulation 3.0

The RAND Corporation recently published a research report titled "The Rise of Generative AI and the Coming Era of Social Media Manipulation 3.0: Next-Generation Chinese Astroturfing and Coping with Ubiquitous AI." The authors argue that U.S. adversaries can use generative AI for social...

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U.S. admiral warns against U.S.-China war in best-seller

DKI APCSS Alumnae and former visiting scholar Mizuho Kajiwara has a new interview with retired Admiral Stavridis.  Read it online at:  http://www.asahi.com/ajw/articles/14362039

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U.S. Department of Defense China Military Power Report (CMPR) 2022

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What China Wants in Africa

The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune published NESA Center regular speaker Joshua Meservey's recent article "What China Wants in Africa." What accounts for China’s prioritization of its Africa policy? Meservey provides both diplomatic and economic explanations for the strength of China’s...

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