Charles Marks

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2023 Royal Jordanian National Defense College Strategic Leadership Seminar

From 21–30 August 2023, the NESA Center conducted the “Perspectives on Strategic Leadership Seminar” with students and faculty of the Royal Jordanian National Defense College (RJNDC) in Amman, Jordan. Seminar content and instruction was led by NESA Center Associate Dean Charles Marks and...

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Defense Security Cooperation Agency and Near East South Asia Regional Center Engagement

On 27 November 2023, the Director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), James (Jim) Hursch, met with representatives from the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies. During the briefing, NESA Center Acting Director COL David Lamm, USA (Ret.) provided an...

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DSCU Security Cooperation Organization NESA Center Orientation and Regional Briefing

On Tuesday, February 27, 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies welcomed 18 students from the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) seven-week Security Cooperation Organization (SCO) Operations Course. Academic Dean Roger Kangas, supported by Assistant...

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Inaugural Royal Jordanian National Defense College and Eisenhower School Student-Faculty Exchange, Hosted by the NESA Center

On 8 February 2023, the NESA Center facilitated the first-ever combined seminar between students and faculty from the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and the Royal Jordanian National Defense College (RJNDC), on the topic of Global Supply Chain Dynamics as...

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Iraqi General Officer Capstone Seminar II

From 23 August – 1 September 2022, the Near East South Asia Center’s professional military education (PME) team conducted the second iteration of the CAPSTONE strategic leader education program for a select audience of rising Iraqi senior leaders. The seminar was held in Washington, D....

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Lebanese Embassy & NESA Center Engagement

As a follow-up to the Washington Embassy Orientation, a NESA Center team was invited to the Lebanese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to discuss future partnering and a restart of a Lebanese National Defense University (NDU). On 13 December 2023, NESA Center Professors Richard Wiersema and...

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Malaysian Armed Forces Director General of Defence Training Meets with the NESA Center about Professional Military Education

Brigadier General Fadzillah bt Adbullah, RMAF, Director General of Malaysian Armed Forces Defence Training, and a delegation of five Malaysian military training staff officers representing the various branches of the Malaysian Ministry of Defence visited National Defense University (NDU) and...

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Negev Forum Regional Security Working Group: “Opportunities for Enhancing Collective Security in the Middle East and North Africa”

On June 5–8, 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in support of the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy and the Department of State, hosted the first-ever Negev Forum Regional Security Working Group (RSWG) regional security seminar in Washington, DC....

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Nepal Ambassador and Defense Attaché Engagement with the NESA Center

On 7 December 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies Acting Director COL David Lamm, USA (Ret.) and Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas hosted Nepal’s Ambassador Sridhar Khatri and Defense Attaché Brigadier Bhuwan Satyal, at NESA Center offices for discussions on...

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Nepal NDU Design Committee Dialogue at the NESA Center

From 8–12 April 2024, the Near East South Asia Center’s professional military education team, in collaboration with the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM) and the U.S. Office of Defense Cooperation, Kathmandu, hosted six senior members of the Nepal National Defense...

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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, faculty...

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NESA Center and Azerbaijan National Defense University Engagement

On 15 July 2023, a Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies delegation composed of Professor Richard E. Wiersema and Associate Dean Charles B. Marks met with Major General Arif Hasanov, who is the Deputy Director of the National Defense University for Science and the...

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NESA Center Briefing at ARCENT Commander’s Conference

On 20 April 2023, the United States Army Central Command (ARCENT) conducted a Commander’s Conference at Shaw Airforce Base in South Carolina for all subordinate components and headquarters leadership focused on Security Cooperation. ARCENT invited the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for...

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NESA Center Faculty Conduct a Third Annual Strategic Dialogue with the Armenian National Defense Research University

From 18–21 March 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies convened a seminar-based dialogue on national strategic issues led by NESA Center faculty members Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, Professor Richard Wiersema, and Associate Dean Charles Marks...

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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, from...

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NESA Center Seminar Builds Iraqi Senior Leadership Capabilities

From 7–18 August 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a delegation of 32 senior Iraqi military officers and government officials for a two-week Iraqi General Officer Capstone Seminar in Washington, D.C. The Seminar, modeled on the U.S. Capstone...

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NESA Center Subject Matter Expert Lecture Series at the Royal Jordanian National Defense College

From 21–23 January 2024, the NESA Center Professional Military Education (PME) Team enabled the delivery of three subject matter expert (SME) lectures to students and faculty at the Royal Jordanian National Defense College (RJNDC) outside Amman, Jordan. Over the course of three days,...

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Pakistan National Defence University Seminar

From 11–15 May 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Foreign Study Tour delegation from the Pakistan National Defence University, comprising of 15 students and faculty led by their Chief Instructor, Major General Naeem Akhtar. The purpose of the program...

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Royal Jordanian National Defense College Collaboration with the NESA Center

From 25–27 October 2022, The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a visit by Brigadier General Azzam Irsheid Alrawahneh, the recently appointed Commandant of the Royal Jordanian National Defense College (RJNDC). Brigadier General Alrawahneh was accompanied by the...

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