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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...

More than 20 security professional and academics attended the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) one-day workshop Jan. 30 entitled “Space and the Indo-Pacific: Issues, Challenges and Cooperative Priorities.”
Space: An Exploratory Discussion

The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) held a one-day workshop Jan. 30 entitled “Space and the Indo-Pacific: Issues, Challenges and Cooperative Priorities.” Space is fast emerging as a domain of major strategic significance for the United States, its...

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Sri Lanka's Geopolitical Challenges with Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

22 January 2021 – In the eleventh edition of theNESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series, Mr. Fahad Malaikah hostsMr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekerafor a discussion of his new book,“Conundrum of an Island: Sri Lanka’s Geopolitical Challenges”. Mr. Abeyagoonasekera sheds light on what inspired him to...

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Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism.

DKI APCSS Professor Shyam Tekwani has a new article published by the East Asia Forum entitled “Sri Lanka’s return to ethnic majoritarianism.” In the article, Tekwani states that “Before Sri Lanka’s economy can be rebuilt or democratic institutions revitalised, the country will need to come...

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Sudan Orientation Program for The West Point Model Arab League

From 5–6 October 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted the West Point United States Military Academy (USMA) Model Arab League team at National Defense University in Washington, D.C. for an orientation program on Sudan. On Thursday, 5 October 2023,...

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The 6th Great Power Competition Conference

On 8 December 2022, the University of South Florida (USF), in collaboration with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, held the 6th Great Power Competition (GPC) Conference titled“Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for the Central Region.” This conference...

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The 7th Great Power Competition Conference

On 7–9 March 2023, theGlobal and National Security Institute(GNSI) at the University of South Florida (USF), in collaboration with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, held the7th Great Power Competition (GPC) Conferencetitled“The Current Rise of the Great Powers – The...

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The 8th Great Power Competition Conference: “The Future and Ethics of Uncrewed and Autonomous Warfare”

From 27–28 September 2023, theGlobal and National Security Institute(GNSI) at the University of South Florida (USF), in collaboration with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, held the8th Great Power Competition (GPC8) Conferencetitled“The Future and Ethics of Uncrewed...

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The COVID-19 Crisis and the Coming Cold War

Dr. John Hemmings shared his perspectives on “The COVID-19 Crisis and the Coming Cold War" for DKI APCSS’ Security Nexus. Here is an excerpt from the article: "The COVID-19 Crisis has been a significant global event, putting stress on states in how they respond, exasperating geopolitical...

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The Future of Warfare and the Role of New and Emerging Technologies

NATO leaders have asked the Secretary-General to lead a forward-looking reflection on NATO’s future, NATO 2030. As part of this effort, NATO seeks to strengthen its engagement with civil society, youth and the private sector. This is why NATO is launching theNATO 2030: NATO-Private Sector...

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The Henry Jackson Society Interview w/ John Bolton

The Henry Jackson Societyhosted President Trump's former National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton, for a conversation about US foreign policy options in 2021 and beyond. It is our great pleasure to present this video as the interviewer, Craig Tiedman,is a former research fellow and an...

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The NESA Center Hosts His Excellency Yemeni Ambassador Mohammad Al-Hadhrami for a Roundtable

NESA Center Executive Officer Sam Marrero moderated a roundtable with His Excellency Yemeni Ambassador Mohammad Al-Hadhrami and NESA Center Faculty on Thursday, 28 July 2022, at 1330–1500 in Washington, DC. Ambassador Al-Hadhrami began his tenure as Ambassador in March 2022, having served...

The Nexus Between the COVID-19 Pandemic, International Relations, and International Security
The Nexus Between the COVID-19 Pandemic, International Relations, and International Security

"The Nexus Between the COVID-19 Pandemic, International Relations, and International Security” is a new paper co-authored by Dr. Deon Canyon forSecurity Nexus. Excerpt: The extent to which other related global relationships, national entities, and supranational organizations have...

The Post-COVID19 World: Globalization with Different Characteristics
The Post-COVID19 World: Globalization with Different Characteristics

“The Post-COVID19 World: Globalization with Different Characteristics” is a new paper co-authored by DKI APCSS professors Dr. Deon Canyon and Dr. Virginia Bacay Watson for Security Nexus. This OpEd speculates on how trade strategies combined with US-China strategic competition and the ongoing...

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The Quad: Opportunities to Advance Shared Goals at the Crossroads of the Indo-Pacific Workshop

From 10–12 July 2023, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA) and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), along with its partner The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS), hosted an Indo-Pacific themed program entitled“The...

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Time for the Pacific Islands Forum to Step-Back and Heal

Summary: The Pacific Islands Forum has lost five of its eighteen members in response to an action taken by Polynesian nations, France, Australia and New Zealand that flew in the face of a “Gentlemen’s Agreement.” The agreement is not based on tradition or a history of past practices as...

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Tunisian National Defense Institute National Security Seminar

From 6–15 March 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), held its twelfth annual Tunisian National Defense Institute (NDI) National Security Seminar for 49 senior government officials from 18 Tunisian agencies....

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Tunisian National Defense Institute Security Seminar (Phase I of II)

In partnership with U.S. Africa Command, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted Phase I/II of theTunisian National Defense Institute (NDI) Security Seminarin Tunis, Tunisia, on 9 January 2024. Professor Anne Moisan covered a Strategic Policy Approach for...

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Tunisian NDI Program

From 21 to 31 March 2022, the NESA Center, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command, held its eleventh annual Tunisian National Defense Institute (NDI) National Security Seminar for 48 senior government officials from 18 Tunisian agencies. Led by its new Director, Sr Col Abdelkader Adouni,...

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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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The Niger Coup and Turkey’s Military Industrial Complex in Africa

On 23 August 2023, The Turkey Analyst published NESA Center regular speaker Professor Michaël Tanchum's article"The Niger Coup and Turkey’s Military Industrial Complex in Africa." "The recent military coup in Niger marks the point of no return for the unraveling of France’s dominant economic and...

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Alumni Publication: "The Taliban’s Afghanistan: Retribution, Refugees, and Violent Extremism" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 29 August 2023,The Diplomatpublished NESA Center alumnaShanthie Mariet D’Souza's latest Op-Ed"The Taliban’s Afghanistan: Retribution, Refugees, and Violent Extremism." "An overwhelming element of vengeance continues to drive the Taliban’s policies, as illustrated by continued reports of...

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What China Wants in Africa

The Jerusalem Strategic Tribune publishedNESA Center regular speakerJoshua Meservey's recent article "What China Wants in Africa." What accounts for China’s prioritization of its Africa policy? Meservey provides both diplomatic and economic explanations for the strength of China’s ties to Africa...

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Climate Change and Gender in Morocco and Jordan

Last month, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace published a set of articles titled "Climate Change and Gender in Morocco and Jordan" byAya Kamil and Adele Malle, who are junior fellows at Carnegie. In the first article, Kamil argues that despite its role as a pioneer of progressive...

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The Rise of Generative AI and the Coming Era of Social Media Manipulation 3.0

The RAND Corporationrecently published a research report titled "The Rise of Generative AI and the Coming Era of Social Media Manipulation 3.0: Next-Generation Chinese Astroturfing and Coping with Ubiquitous AI." The authors argue thatU.S. adversaries can use generative AI for social media...

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Alumni Publication: "Amid Reports on Chinese Expansion of Bases, Sri Lanka Unveils SOP: Need for a Reality Check?" by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

On 11 September 2023, the Institute for Security and Development Policy published NESA Center alumAsanga Abeyagoonasekera'spolicy brief titled"Amid Reports on Chinese Expansion of Bases, Sri Lanka Unveils SOP: Need for a Reality Check?" ABSTRACT: India has realized it cannot possibly balance...

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Alumni Publication: "An ambassador arrives: China tangos with the Taliban in Afghanistan" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 18 September 2023, the Middle East Institute published NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's brief analysis"An ambassador arrives: China tangos with the Taliban in Afghanistan" in its weekly newsletter/blogMonday Briefing. "The Taliban regime, which recently welcomed the new Chinese...

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Alumni Publication: "America and the 'War of Ideas' Against Islamic Extremism" by Ilan Berman

On 11 August 2023, the American Foreign Policy Council(AFPC) published the article"America and the 'War of Ideas' Against Islamic Extremism"byIlan Berman, a NESACenter alum and regular speaker for NESA Center programs. Berman's article is featured in AFPC's latest issue of its Defense Dossier...

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Alumni Publication: "Indus Waters Treaty: Looking Back, Looking Ahead" by Uttam Kumar Sinha

On 21 September 2023,NatStrat published NESA Center alumUttam Kumar Sinha's article "Indus Waters Treaty: Looking Back, Looking Ahead." "The best option for India is to fulfill the IWT’s provisions, particularly on the western rivers. The Treaty allows storage up to 3.6 MAF and 13.4 lakh acres...

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Alumni Publication: "IAEA: Algeria Elected as a Member of the Agency’s Board of Governors for 2023–2025 (Analysis)" by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

On 10 October 2023, theNESA Center for Strategic Studiespublished NESA Center alum Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui'sOp-Ed"IAEA: Algeria Elected as a Member of the Agency’s Board of Governors for 2023–2025 (Analysis)." "Algeria was elected by the 67th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy...

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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," focuseson the U.S.-...

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Alumni Publication: "Earthquake in Afghanistan: Natural disasters, international isolation, and Taliban incapacity" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 18 October 2023, theMiddle East Institutepublished NESA Center alumna Shanthie Mariet D'Souza's article "Earthquake in Afghanistan: Natural disasters, international isolation, and Taliban incapacity." "In natural disaster-prone Afghanistan, official familiarity with such calamities and...

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Alumni Publication: "An Iranian Reversal on Afghan Refugees" by Shanthie Mariet D'Souza

On 14 November 2023,The Diplomatpublished 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," writesD'Souza. Read the...

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National Intelligence Council Global Trends 2040 Report

Check out the latest edition of the National Intelligence Council’s Global Trends report,published in March 2021. Published every four years since 1997, Global Trends assesses the key trends and uncertainties that will shape the strategic environment for the United States during the next two...

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Congressional Research Service Report: "The AI Executive Order and Its Potential Implications for DOD"

On 12 December 2023, theCongressional Research Service published theInsight report,"The AI Executive Order and Its Potential Implications for DOD." Overview: On October 20, 2023, President Biden issued an Executive Order (E.O.) on the Safe, Secure, and Trustworthy Development and Use of...

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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 alumniSyeda Tahreem Bukhari and Abdul Basit. "While Pakistan may not hold the status of an equal partner to the United States,...

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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: "Regaining a Foothold in Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan: India’s Way Ahead" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

NESA Center alumnaShanthie Mariet D’Souza authored a chapter titled"Regaining a Foothold in Taliban-Controlled Afghanistan: India’s Way Ahead" in theObserver Research Foundation's special report, Afghanistan Under the Taliban: Enduring Challenges, Evolving Responses, published on 4 March 2024....

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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 theItalian 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 (GCC) states...

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Research Report: Power of Three: Role of Academia, Media & Think Tanks in Security Reform

The NESA Center, in collaboration with the think tankJinnah Institute(JI), published the research report "Power of Three: Role of Academia, Media & Think Tanks in Security Reform" following a day-long seminar hosted by both organizations on 13 September 2022 on "Academia, Media, and National...

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