Gawdat Bahgat

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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 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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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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Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES): “Technological Innovation & Security Challenges in the NESA Region”

From 22–26 January 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES) titled “Technological Innovation & Security Challenges in the NESA Region,” held at National Defense University in...

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Cyber Security and Law Enforcement Seminar: "The Challenge of Cybercrime and 'Hacktivism'"

From 14–18 August 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted a Cyber Security and Law Enforcement Seminar titled “The Challenge of Cybercrime and 'Hacktivism.'” The five-day workshop was held in Washington, D.C. It was designed to help participants...

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Cyber Security Seminar: Sharing Experiences

The NESA Center executed its first cyber security seminar from 12–15 June 2023 in Washington, D.C., titled “Cyber Security: Sharing Experiences.” Twelve countries from the MENA region were represented. Senior U.S. officials and think-tank representatives addressed the seminar. All...

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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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Defense Security Cooperation University Military Officer NESA Center Orientation

On Thursday, 27 July 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies welcomed three U.S. military officers who attended the Defense Security Cooperation University’s (DSCU) seven-week training and education program, which includes the Fundamentals and Application of Security...

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Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in Southwest Asia and the Gulf Seminar

From 28 August – 01 September 2022, the NESA Center conducted a seminar titled “Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in Southwest Asia and the Gulf.” The four-day hybrid workshop was held in Muscat, Oman. This seminar was designed to help participants assess, analyze and identify...

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Executive Seminar: Maritime Security in the NESA Region & Beyond

From 30 January to 10 February 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted an Executive Seminar (ES) focused on the maritime domain and the challenges/threats that exist there. The seminar’s proceedings included conversations on autonomous/unmanned systems, the...

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Executive Seminar: Strategic Competition and Regional Cooperation

From 4–15 December 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted the Executive Seminar (ES): “Strategic Competition and Regional Cooperation.” Throughout the two-week virtual event, the NESA Center hosted representatives from all over the world to discuss different...

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Gulf Security Roundtable Discussion

From 25–26 April 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies held a Gulf security roundtable discussion in partnership with the Qatari Armed Forces Center for Strategic Studies and Chatham House in London. NESA Center Deputy Director COL David Lamm, USA (Ret.) and...

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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 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 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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Security Opportunities in the MENA Region

From 21–25 August 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted an inaugural seminar focused on identifying security challenges in the MENA region and exploring potential opportunities for cooperation. The five-day seminar was titled “Security Opportunities in the...

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Senior Executive Seminar: Climate Change and Security

From 14–18 November 2022, the Near East South Asia Center (NESA) hosted a Senior Executive Seminar (SES) titled “Climate Change and Security.” The seminar started with a welcome and introduction from Course Director Dr. Gawdat Bahgat and then a welcome from Acting Director COL David Lamm, USA...

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U.S.-Turkiye Track II Talks

On 9–10 October 2023, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with the Middle East Institute (MEI), held Track II talks between the United States and Türkiye in Ankara. The U.S. delegation included Randa Slim (MEI), Robert Ford (former Ambassador to...

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The Muslim World Special Issue: The Domestic Politics of Iran & The International Relations of Iran

On 18 April 2023, The Muslim World published Volume 113, Issue 1-2 – a special issue featuring a collection of 14 articles on the domestic politics and international relations of Iran. NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat's February article "US-Iran Relations: Challenges and...

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Faculty Publication: "Egypt and Iran: Prospects for Rapprochement" by Gawdat Bahgat

On 12 June 2023, Gulf International Forum published NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat's article "Egypt and Iran: Prospects for Rapprochement." Dr. Bahgat argues, "Though similar in many ways, Egypt and Iran have long found themselves in political opposition to one another — now they...

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Faculty Publication: "Saudi Arabia plans to encourage the localization of American weapons and the manufacture of advanced weapons on its soil" by Professor Gawdat Bahgat

On 27 September 2023, Araa Magazine published NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat's latest Op-Ed (in Arabic) for its October issue. The article, titled "Saudi Arabia plans to encourage the localization of American weapons and the manufacture of advanced weapons on its soil," focuses ...

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Faculty Publication: "Washington respects the independence of the Gulf states and ASEAN and considers their renaissance a praiseworthy matter for America and the world" by Professor Gawdat Bahgat

On 29 October 2023, Araa Magazine published NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat's latest Op-Ed (in Arabic) in the 191 issue of the Araa Journal. The article is titled "Washington respects the independence of the Gulf states and ASEAN and considers their renaissance a praiseworthy...

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Faculty Publication: "The United States and the War in Gaza" by Dr. Gawdat Bahgat

On 28 December 2023, Araa Magazine published NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat's paper, "The United States and the War in Gaza," for its January 2024 issue. It examines the United States' short and long-term goals and efforts to end the war and build a consensus on a two-state solution...

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Faculty Publication: "'Positive Neutralism': Security Politics of Vision 2040 in Oman" by Dr. Gawdat Bahgat

NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat authored a chapter in the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI) report, The Security Side of Gulf Visions: Adapting Defence to the Connectivity Age, published 25 March 2024. Introduction: In the Gulf Cooperation Council...

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WATCH: Professor Gawdat Bahgat discusses latest developments in the War on Gaza on Al Jazeera News

On 30 December 2023, NESA Center Professor Gawdat Bahgat appeared on Al Jazeera News to discuss the latest developments in the War on Gaza after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel should take control of the Philadelphi Corridor on Gaza's border with Egypt. Watch here...

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WATCH: Professor Gawdat Bahgat discusses Blinken’s latest visit to the Middle East on Al Jazeera News

On 7 January 2024, NESA Center Professor Gawdat Bahgat appeared on Al Jazeera News to discuss the purpose of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s fifth visit to the Middle East since Israel began its war on Gaza. [[{"fid":"476220","view_mode":"original_version","fields...

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