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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 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 Indian Ocean Island Forum

From 10–12 May 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted a forum in Bangkok, Thailand with its partners on environmental security challenges throughout the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). With a particular focus on the specific challenges facing Indian Ocean...

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2023 Lebanese Armed Forces Seminar

From April 10–14, 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a seminar titled “An Evolving World Order” at National Defense University (NDU) in Washington, DC. The program was designed to provide an academic setting in which these officers could examine ideas...

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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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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. This...

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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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2023 Silk Road Future Leaders Seminar

From 22–26 May 2023, the NESA Center for Strategic Studies hosted an informative Silk Road Future Leaders Seminar focused on the theme “Strategic Competition in Central and South Asia.” The seminar brought together the next generation of young military officers, diplomats, and...

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Annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference

From 24-26 September 2021, Dean Dr. Roger Kangas along with Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas and Professor John Gill participated in the restart of the annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference in Bahrain. This was the 14th iteration of the conference after a hiatus in 2020 because of...

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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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Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES): “Emerging Security Platforms in the Digital Age"

From 11–15 September 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES) titled “Emerging Security Platforms in the Digital Age” held in Washington, D.C. [[{"fid":"473871","view_mode":"...

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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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Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar: Information Warfare

From 12–16 September 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Combating Transnational Threats Senior Executive Seminar (CTSES) titled “Information Warfare” in Washington, D.C. The seminar kicked off with an introduction and welcome from NESA Center Deputy...

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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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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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Discussion with the Director of the Begin-Sadat (BESA) Center for Strategic Studies

On 30 March 2023, a group from the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, including Deputy Director COL David Lamm, USA (Ret.); Professor Dr. Jennifer Jefferis; Professor Dr. Michael Sharnoff; Executive Officer Sam Marrero; Outreach and Alumni Coordinator Christopher Muller...

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Alumni Survey Report: Russian Invasion of Ukraine

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has dealt yet another challenge with global economic and humanitarian repercussions. In April 2022, the NESA Center surveyed its global alumni network of almost 12,000 security professionals from more than 150 countries to assess the global impact of the invasion, as...

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Alumni Publication: Algeria-U.S. Strategic Partnership by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

The contemporary relations between Algeria and the United States of America date back to U.S. President John F. Kennedy’s support for the war of liberation against French colonialism. After regaining its independence, trade, energy, and security have been the factors of rapprochement...

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NESA Center Update: July-August 2022

The NESA Center Update: July-August 2022 is focused on Near East South Asia Region Trends regarding the Gulf. The update also highlights July through August 2022 NESA Center programs & events, faculty & staff engagements, alumni contributions, and upcoming events. July-August...

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Alumni Survey Report: Perceptions of the Indo-Pacific – Views from the NESA Region

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NESA Center Update: May – June 2023

The NESA Center May – June 2023 Update focuses on Gulf region trends. The update also highlights May through June NESA Center programs and events, faculty and staff engagements, alumni contributions, and a calendar with upcoming events. Regional Trends – The Gulf...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: "Analyzing The Kashmir Conflict – Chinese Connection and Implications for the US"

Overview: The dispute between India and Pakistan over Kashmir has resulted in decades of hostility, including three wars. The Kashmir dispute is the oldest pending dispute on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), which merits earnest world attention for a permanent solution....

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NESA Center Update: July – October 2023

The NESA Center July – October 2023 Update focuses on Levant region trends. The update also highlights July through October NESA Center programs and events, faculty and staff engagements, alumni contributions, and a calendar with upcoming events. Regional Trends – The...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: "Sanctions on Russia and Economic Impact for Central Asia"

Overview: The Russian invasion of Ukraine has created a geopolitical challenge to the world order. The Russian attack violated not only Ukraine’s security and sovereignty, but also the rules-based international order and created a global economic, political and security crisis. Central Asian...

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Alumni Publication: "U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Unraveling Complexities, Forging a Shared Future" by Syeda Tahreem Bukhari and Abdul Basit

On 29 December 2023, the NESA Center for Strategic Studies published the Op-Ed, "U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Unraveling Complexities, Forging a Shared Future," authored by alumni Syeda Tahreem Bukhari and Abdul Basit. "While Pakistan may not hold the status of an equal partner to the...

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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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Alumni Publication: "The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order: A Book Critique" by Lt Col Thokozani Chazema

On 19 January 2024, the NESA Center for Strategic Studies published NESA Center alum Lt Col Thokozani Chazema's critique of Samuel P. Huntington's 1996 book The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order – a thesis which argues people's cultural and religious identities...

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Alumni Publication: "Dangers of disinformation" by Eman Ragab

On 16 January 2024, alAhram Weekly published NESA Center alumna Eman Ragab's latest article on the dangers of disinformation. "A new report is drawing attention to the dangers of misinformation and disinformation to societies worldwide," writes Ragab. Read the full article...

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WATCH: Professor David Des Roches discusses Israel-Hamas War on Scripps News

Watch NESA Center Professor David Des Roches give his take on Israel's challenges in achieving its military goals in Gaza on Scripps News: The views presented in this post are those of the speaker or author and do not necessarily represent the views of DoD or its components.

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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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Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas to speak at upcoming Black Sea Security Conference

NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas will speak on a defense security panel at the upcoming Black Sea Security Conference in Washington, D.C. on 24 January. The conference is hosted by the Caspian Policy Center and the Caucasus and Central Asia Club. Click here for...

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