Hassan Abbas

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2023 Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia and the Gulf Seminar

From 22– 25 May 2023, the NESA Center conducted a seminar titled “Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia and the Gulf.” The four-day seminar was held in Muscat, Oman. It was designed to help participants assess, analyze, and identify opportunities to effectively counter...

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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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2024 Air War College International Officer Seminar

On 6 June 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted 49 international fellows and faculty from the Air War College. The students were briefed at Fort McNair in Washington, D.C. by NESA Center Associate Professor Dr. Michael Sharnoff on the Security...

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Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES): Countering Narratives of Extremist Organizations: Managing Disinformation

From 27 February–3 March 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES) titled “Countering Narratives of Extremist Organizations: Managing Disinformation” in Washington, D.C. NESA Center...

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Countering Violent Extremism and the Role of Community Policing Seminar

From 10–14 July 2023, in Washington, D.C., the NESA Center for Strategic Studies hosted a seminar titled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Role of Community Policing: Best Practices.” The seminar was designed to help participants evaluate...

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Countering Violent Extremism and the Role of Community Policing: Best Practices 2024 Program

From 28 January – 1 February 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a program in Kathmandu, Nepal, titled “Countering Violent Extremism and the Role of Community Policing: Best Practices.” The seminar was designed to help...

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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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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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Middle East 2025 Workshop

From 25–26 March 2024, experts from the Qatar Armed Forces Strategic Studies Centre (QAFSSC) and the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies convened in Istanbul, Türkiye, for a series of comprehensive discussions. The discussions centered on defense, security, and the...

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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 Asia...

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NESA Center Seminar on Academia, Media, & National Security in Pakistan

On Tuesday, 13 September 2022, to better understand the relationship between media and security, as well as ways academia can play a role, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in collaboration with the Islamabad-based, think tank Jinnah Institute, convened a day-long...

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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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The Pakistan Conference: 75 Years of Independence

From 29–30 November 2022, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard hosted a conference titled “The Pakistan Conference: 75 Years of Independence” in Cambridge, MA, co-sponsored by the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies and the American...

From the left: Research Assistant Michelle Hanssen, Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, Head of the Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Khatamov Rustam, and Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas.
Uzbekistan Group Meetings

From 12–16 December 2022, the NESA Center team of Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, Distinguished Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas, and Research Assistant Michelle Hanssen visited Tashkent, Uzbekistan to hold a series of meetings and visits that focused on reconnecting with Uzbek partners after the Covid-19...

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Washington Embassy Orientation & Washington Seminar 2023

From 30 October to 3 November 2023, the NESA Center for Strategic Studies held a Washington Embassy Orientation (WEO) combined with a Washington Seminar at the Army Navy Club in Washington D.C. The WEO engaged 48 participants from 25 countries and the Washington Seminar had 53 participants...

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Washington Embassy Orientation Seminar

From 17–21 October 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted a Washington Embassy Orientation (WEO) Seminar in Washington, D.C. The week-long orientation, titled “Working in Washington,” featured a range of speakers, including diplomats, national security...

Peter Bergen (left) and Dr. Hassan Abbas (right) during the Washington Seminar Discussion on 26 January 2023.
Washington Seminar Discussion January 2023

On Thursday, 26 January 2023, the NESA Center hosted a Washington Seminar Discussion at the Army-Navy Club in downtown Washington, D.C. The seminar presented a conversation between NESA Center Distinguished Professor of International Relations Dr. Hassan Abbas and CNN’s National Security...

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Washington Seminar – August 2023

On 2 August 2023, the NESA Center for Strategic Studies held a Washington Seminar discussion in Washington, D.C. The seminar presented a conversation between Associate Professor Daniel Curfiss and Dr. Hassan Abbas. The afternoon ended with a question-and-answer session with 17 attendees from...

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Faculty Publication: "Five ways Iraq has changed since the US invasion" by Hassan Abbas

On 21 March 2023, Grid News published NESA Center Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas's article titled "Five ways Iraq has changed since the US invasion." 20 March 2023 marked the 20th anniversary of US intervention in Iraq. "Twenty years later, a longtime visitor to Iraq...

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Faculty Publication: "What Ramadan really means to me — and nearly 2 billion Muslims" by Hassan Abbas

On 24 March 2023, Grid News published NESA Center Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas's latest article titled "What Ramadan really means to me — and nearly 2 billion Muslims." "For many, Islam’s holy month involves much more than fasting prayer; it’s a 'physical and spiritual cleanse' as well...

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Faculty Publication: "Contrary to Western Understanding, Islam Is a Liberal Faith" by Hassan Abbas

On 22 February 2024, The UnPopulist published an article co-authored by NESA Center Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas and Zahra Hassan, "Contrary to Western Understanding, Islam Is a Liberal Faith." "No religion can be properly understood based on its most extreme proponents,"...

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Professor Hassan Abbas quoted in AP article on Taliban leader's Eid message

NESA Center Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas was quoted in an Associated Press article published 6 April 2024, titled "Reclusive Taliban leader releases Eid message urging officials to set aside their differences." Read the article The views presented in this post are...

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Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas elected as trustee of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies

On 29 April 2024, NESA Center Distinguished Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas was elected as a trustee of the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Established in 1973, the AIPS is a bi-national research and education...

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