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2023 Eastern Mediterranean Security Roundtable

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with the Turkish Asian Center for Strategic Studies (TASAM), a leading Turkish think-tank, held a roundtable discussion in Istanbul, Türkiye, from 17–19 July 2023. Scholars from Bahrain, Egypt, Israel,...

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2023 Qatar Joint Staff College Washington Study-NESA Center Program

From 29 April–10 May 2023, the NESA Center hosted the Washington Study Program of Qatar’s Joaan bin Jassim Command and Staff College Senior Officer Program in Washington, D.C. The 38 participants included senior military officers and senior leaders from various Qatari government agencies....

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Chatham House Workshop on Iran

On Monday, February 21, 2022 the NESA Center, in partnership with Chatham House, held a hybrid round-table discussion on the nuclear negotiation between Iran and global power in Vienna, Austria. The discussion was led by NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas and moderated by NESA...

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Chatham House: Iran Dialogue April 2024

On Friday, 12 April 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies held a hybrid roundtable discussion with about 15 Iran experts in London. Chatham House, a leading British think-tank, organized the meeting. Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas and Professor Dr. Gawdat...

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European Think-Tanks Discuss the Future of US-Iran Relations Under the Biden Administration

29 January 2021 – The NESA Center held a virtual meeting with European experts from Chatham House and other European think-tanks to discuss the future of US-Iran relations under the Biden Administration. NESA director and experts provided the U.S. perspective, while the European experts...

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Executive Seminar: Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World

From 5–16 December 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted an Executive Seminar (ES) titled “Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World.” The virtual seminar’s focus on strategic power competition helped define what “global power” and “competition”...

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International Military Officers’ Forum 2023

From 23–27 January 2023, the NESA Center hosted foreign military officers assigned to U.S. Central Command in Tampa and embassy officials in Washington D.C. for an International Military Officers’ Forum (IMOF) titled “The Biden Administration and Global Security.” NESA Center...

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NESA Center and Armenian National Defense Research University Strategic Dialogue

From 27–31 March 2023, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center’s Academic Dean, Dr. Roger Kangas led a team consisting of Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, Associate Dean Charles Marks, and Professor Richard Wiersema to Yerevan, Armenia, in order to conduct a strategic dialogue with leadership,...

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NESA Center Faculty Participate in a Roundtable Discussion at the Institute of Oriental Studies in Armenia

On 20 March 2024, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies faculty comprising of Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, Professor Richard Wiersema, and Associate Dean Charles Marks participated in a roundtable discussion at the Institute of Oriental Studies in...

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NESA Center Hosts Army War College Strategic Staff Ride Seminar

On 16 May 2023, the Near East South Asia Center hosted Dr. John Nagl and twelve academic year 22–23 Army War College students from Carlisle Barracks for discussions on contemporary Iranian strategy and U.S. Middle East policy under the Biden Administration. Dr. Mahsa Rouhi,...

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NESA Center Strategic Studies Network MENA Workshop

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies held a Strategic Studies Network (SSN) meeting in Manama, Bahrain, from 14–16 March 2023. Twelve representatives of civil society from the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region participated in a roundtable discussion. NESA Center...

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SANDU Military Strategy Course

From 28 January–2 February 2024, Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies Professors Mark Bibbey and David Des Roches, supported by Matthew Holbert, NESA Center Program Manager, and Thomas Wagstaff, Academic Advisor, delivered the one-week Saudi War Course Strategy Module,...

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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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U.S. Army War College Strategic Staff Ride Seminar

On 15 May 2024, fifteen U.S. Army War College students and accompanying faculty attended a two-hour seminar hosted by the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies. The students and faculty were in Washington, D.C. as part of the Army War College’s annual Strategic Staff Ride...

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United States and Iran's Nuclear Program, What Comes Next?

On 2 March 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies and the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) held a joint roundtable discussion to examine the potential impact of the Vienna nuclear negotiations between Iran and global powers on regional and global...

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Alumni Publication: "After the Saudi-Iranian agreement" by Eman Ragab

On 28 March 2023, Ahram Online published NESA Center alumna Eman Ragab's article titled "After the Saudi-Iranian agreement." "The recent Saudi-Iranian agreement normalising relations between the two countries will bolster Saudi Arabia’s regional role and could lead to other...

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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: 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: "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: "Les enjeux stratégiques issus de la COP 28" by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

On 16 December 2023, L'Expression published NESA Center alum Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui's article, "Les enjeux stratégiques issus de la COP 28" (in French). "Tous s’accordent sur une réduction progressive à un horizon au-delà de 2040, sauf en ce qui concerne le gaz naturel qui est pour...

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Alumni Publication: "The Stakes of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Strategic Alliances Mapping" by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

On 26 May 2023, the NESA Center published alumnus Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui's piece on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict titled "The Stakes of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Strategic Alliances Mapping." Read here         About the author [[{"fid":"...

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Alumni Publication: Iran’s Taliban outreach poses a significant challenge to India’s Afghan policy by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 15 March 2023, Firstpost published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's opinion piece titled "Iran’s Taliban outreach poses a significant challenge to India’s Afghan policy." Read the article here Shanthie Mariet D'Souza is founder and president, Mantraya and Visiting...

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Alumni Publication: Moscow Multilateral Security Dialogue: Regional Consensus Elusive on Afghanistan by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 22 February 2023, The Diplomat published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D’Souza's latest op-ed titled "Moscow Multilateral Security Dialogue: Regional Consensus Elusive on Afghanistan." Read the article here       The views presented in this...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Chinese-brokered Iran-KSA Détente, 'A Game-Changer or a Mirage?'”

Subject: Chinese-brokered Iran-KSA Détente, “A Game-Changer or a Mirage?” Purpose: To present CSAG’s analysis of the recent rapprochement between Iran and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) brokered by China. Introduction: The recent diplomatic agreement between Iran and KSA in March 2023 is...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Deir ez-Zor: Critical Juncture in the Process Towards Syria’s Normalization"

Subject: Deir ez-Zor: Critical Juncture in the Process Towards Syria’s Normalization Purpose: To present CSAG’s analysis of the strategic significance of Deir ez-Zor in shaping the future of Syria. It reveals the growing interest of various actors operating in the region and their efforts...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Hezbollah’s 'Financial Pyramid'”

Subject: Hezbollah’s “Financial Pyramid”. Purpose: This paper is the third in a series about Hezbollah. The aim is to present the results of the CSAG’s analysis of the principle of “following Hezbollah’s money”. It reveals Hezbollah’s financial activities in the region and...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Iran-KSA Peace Talks and its Implications for South Asia"

Subject: Iran-KSA peace talks and its implications for South Asia. Purpose: The aim of this paper is to present the analysis of CSAG on consequences of the Iran-KSA peace talks for South Asia in order to draw pertinent conclusions for US CENTCOM. Read the full paper here View other...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Is CENTCOM Prescribing the ‘Suitable Medicine’ to Deter Iran?"

Subject: Is CENTCOM Prescribing the ‘Suitable Medicine’ to Deter Iran? Purpose: To present CSAG analysis of the recent deployment of additional US troops and assets in the Middle East (ME) to deter Iran, within the context of the current strategic and operational environment, and to draw...

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CSAG Information Paper: "Pirates of the Middle East Gulfs"

Subject: Pirates of the Middle East Gulfs Purpose: This paper aims to present the CSAG’s analysis regarding how Iran is using a calculated provocative approach, to enhance their bargaining power by creating leverage during negotiations, to achieve what is in Iran’s best interest. Read the...

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CSAG Information Paper: "The Quran Desecration and its Implications – Perspectives of Partners"

Subject: The Quran Desecration and its Implications – Perspectives of Partners Purpose: This paper aims to present the CSAG’s analysis regarding the current incidents of Quran burning, why it matters, possible reasons, its implications, and the perspective of partners. Read the full...

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CSAG Information Paper: "The Red Sea – Neglected Nexus"

Subject: The Red Sea – Neglected Nexus. Purpose: This paper presents CSAG’s perspective on the current challenges in the Red Sea region. It focuses on the long-lasting phenomenon of regional stability and provides arguments on the possibility of disrupting the status quo, as well as...

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CSAG Information Paper: Hezbollah – IRGC’s Main Coordinating Tool in Middle East

Subject: Hezbollah – IRGC’s main coordinating tool in the Middle East. Purpose: This paper aims to present the results of the CSAG’s analysis of Hezbollah as the main coordinator for Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) actions in the ME. It highlights Hezbollah’s regional activities,...

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CSAG Information Paper: How Iran is Benefiting from Strategic Competition

Subject: How Iran is benefiting from the concept of Strategic Competition. Purpose: To present the results of the CSAG’s analysis of Iran’s position within the U.S. concept of Strategic Competition. Read the full paper here View other USCENTCOM Combined Strategic Analysis Group (...

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CSAG Information Paper: The Dynamics of the Fragile State of Iraq: The Impact of Political, Economic, and Security Factors

Subject: The Dynamics of the Fragile State of Iraq: The Impact of Political, Economic, and Security Factors. Purpose: This paper presents the CSAG’s analysis of the political, economic and security dynamics in Iraq, the extent of Iranian influence within the country, and potential future...

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CSAG Information Paper: The Earthquake – Catalyst for Dynamic Change in Syria

Subject: The Earthquake – Catalyst for dynamic change in Syria. Purpose: This paper presents CSAG’s summary analysis of the geopolitical and military evolution of the main actors in Syria following the February 2023 earthquake. Read the full paper here View other USCENTCOM...

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