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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 onsecurity challenges in...

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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 theSecurity Implications of...

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2023 Alumni Scholars Announced

The Marshall Center is pleased to announce the winners of the 2023 Alumni Scholars Program. This year we received 150 applications for10 available scholarships. The competition was extremely tough, and we congratulate all applicants on their outstanding work assembling their packages. Below...

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

From22– 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 human...

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2023 Eastern Mediterranean Security Roundtable

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with theTurkish 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, Kuwait, Lebanon,...

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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-AFRICOM Changing Nature of Security, Capacity, and Institutions Workshop

From 11–16 June 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command, the “NESA-AFRICOM Changing Nature of Security, Capacity, and Institutions Workshop” in Casablanca, Morocco. Security discussions on capacity building and the...

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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 Abbas,...

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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 academics from...

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47th Issue of per Concordiam

The Marshall Center is pleased to announce the publication of the47th issue ofper Concordiam(Volume 12, Issue 3, 2023) with a focus on“Strategic Deterrence and Arms Control."Congratulations to both of our alumni contributors, including Mr. Martin Verrier (Argentina, CNIT 15-14) and Col....

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A New Nexus Paper Calls for Strategic Clarity in U.S.-China Relations

A Security Nexus paper by Army War College Fellow, Lt. Col. Jeffrey C. Higgins, argues for the urgent need for Strategic Clarity in the U.S.’s approach to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) amid intensifying global power competition. Titled “Strategic Clarity: An Argument for Effective...

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A Security Nexus Report Article Focusing on Artificial Intelligence for Security Practitioners

Major Brent Feller, United States Air Force Military Professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS), published a new report article for Security Nexus that explores the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) tools like ChatGPT to assist security...

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Air War College Seminar – Washington Program

On 23 June 2022, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) hosted 52 international fellows and faculty from the Air War College at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The students were briefed by NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat and NESA Center Academic Dean Dr....

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Bailey Selected as the New Deputy Director at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

Honolulu – Russell Bailey has been selected as the new deputy director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. A seasoned professional, Bailey has extensive executive-level service at the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, the Joint Staff, U.S....

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Call for Papers: Security Cooperation in the Indo-Pacific

DKI APCSS welcomes written proposals from current and former faculty and visiting scholars to contribute book chapters to the publication of an edited volume commemorating the Center’s 30th anniversary in 2025. This volume willaddress issues of comprehensive security cooperation in the Indo...

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Chinese Views of North Korea’s Uncertain Future

Dr. Sungmin Cho, professor at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, presented research during a program organized by The Korea Society. The research analyzed Chinese texts focusing on North Korea’s regime stability, the country’s uncertain future, and the potential...

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Climate Adaptation: Building Partnerships for Resilience in South Asia

Climate adaptation and building climate literacy were the focus of a workshop hosted by the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. The workshop titled “Climate Adaptation: Building Partnerships for Resilience in South Asia” was held August 21-24, 2023 in Kathmandu, Nepal...

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In 2018, the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) launched a high-level workshop series focused on iteratively refining the USG’s strategic approach to the Indo-Pacific. While the focus of these workshops has evolved based on current events and shifting...

The Cyber Defense Cooperation (CDC) Symposium is the first event in a series of operations and activities to build cyber cooperation and interoperability between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan.

***CLICK HERE TO CHOOSE YOUR WORKING GROUP PREFERENCE*** Increased threats from state actors looking to challenge international rules and norms have created a burgeoning need for international collaboration on the production of defense items and supply chain resilience. Therefore, the...

Climate disruption in South Asia is increasing security threats - including food and water insecurity, displacement, migration, increased competition over natural resources, and conflicts – and these are predicted to grow in future years. Simultaneously, lack of awareness and limited access to...

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General : Security Nexus Webinar: Fishing for Security from Sea Slavery, featuring Ms. Anny Barlow

26 Feb. Episode 9, Fishing for Security from Sea Slavery, featuring Ms. Anny Barlow Key discussion points will include the impact of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing on global security, innovative strategies to combat forced labor in the fishing industry, and the role of...

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General : Security Nexus Webinar | North Korea: Beyond the Headlines – Unveil the Reality with Glyn Ford

Episode 11: North Korea: Beyond the Headlines – Unveil the Reality with Glyn Ford.Join us for an enlightening episode with Glyn Ford, a world-renowned expert on North Korea, as he peels back the layers of sensational headlines to reveal the complex dynamics shaping the future of the DPRK. With...

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Session : Security Nexus Webinar | Taiwan's Post-Election Strategic Future

Featuring esteemed guest Professor Michael Burgoyne alongside host Professor James Minnich. Engage in enlightening discussions that navigate Taiwan’s post-election trajectory, unravel geopolitical tensions, and explore defense strategies. Gain valuable insights into Taiwan’s evolving landscape...

DKI APCSS Security Nexus

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Alumni Publication: "The dangers of legitimizing the Taliban" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 01 May 2023, the Middle East Institute published NESA Center alumnaShanthie Mariet D’Souza's article "The dangers of legitimizing the Taliban"in itsMonday Briefing: People power — the Israeli version blog. "Consensus eludes the West and regional countries on how to reform the Taliban’s...

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"The Panama Canal Expansion: A Failed-Game Changer for Port Throughput of Transshipment Ports."

Check out the latest publication of Lt Col. Yovani Chavez: The expansion of the Panama Canal: A failed game changer for the port traffic of the transshipment ports.Click here to read.

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Alumni Publication: "The Prospect of US-Taliban Counterterrorism Cooperation: Is the Embrace Worth It?" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 15 May 2023,The Diplomat published NESA Center alumnaShanthie Mariet D’Souza's article "The Prospect of US-Taliban Counterterrorism Cooperation: Is the Embrace Worth It?" D'Souza argues that "suggested convergence on counterterrorism cooperation between the United States and the Taliban may...

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Alumni Publication: "The Colombo Security Conclave: What is it and what does it mean for Australia?" by Viraj Solanki

On 16 May 2023, ORF (Observer Research Foundation) published NESA Center alumnus Viraj Solanki's article "The Colombo Security Conclave: What is it and what does it mean for Australia?" Solanki argues that "With the support of the CSC, Australia can enhance its engagement with theNortheast...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: "CENTCOM Smart Power in the Middle East"

Overview: This year USCENTCOM celebrates the 40th anniversary of its establishment; one of its significant tasks is to achieve and enhance security and stability within its area of responsibility (AOR). USCENTCOM AOR includes 21 countries. The Middle East (ME) region is one of the most...

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Women’s secret war: the inside story of how the US military sent female soldiers on covert combat missions to Afghanistan

"Women’s secret war: the inside story of how the US military sent female soldiers on covert combat missions toAfghanistan" is an eye-opening account published on 22 May 2023 in The Conversation US that delves into the untold narrative of the U.S. military's deployment of female soldiers on missions...

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Alumni Publication: "Russia’s military is less than meets the eye" by Ilan Berman

On 24 May 2023, The Hill published the article "Russia’s military is less than meets the eye"authored byIlan Berman, a NESACenter alum and regular speaker for NESA Center programs. "For many years now, officials in Moscow have extolled the virtues of Russia’s 'wonder weapons,' military...

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Alumni Publication: "The Stakes of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Strategic Alliances Mapping" by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

On 26 May 2023, the NESA Center published alumnusDr. Arslan Chikhaoui's piece on the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict titled"The Stakes of the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and the Strategic Alliances Mapping." Read here About the author Dr.Arslan Chikhaoui is a Geo-political...

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NESA Center Women, Peace and Security (WPS) E-Book

During the NESA Center-U.S. Africa Command workshop series in Bangkok, Thailand from 29 April – 6 May 2023, the NESA Center released its first-everWomen, Peace and Security (WPS) E-Book. The book, titled“Women, Peace, and Security, On the 23rd Anniversary of UN Resolution 1325 and NESA’s...

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Alumni Publication: "Sudan Low-Intensity Conflict and its Impact on North Africa and Sahel Region" by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

On 30 May 2023, the NESA Center published alumnusDr. Arslan Chikhaoui's piece on the crisis in Sudan titled"Sudan Low-Intensity Conflict and its Impact on North Africa and Sahel Region." Read here About the author Dr.Arslan Chikhaoui is a Geo-political Analyst and the...

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Alumni Publication: "A Compulsive Embrace Beneath the Afghanistan-Iran Water Conflict" by Shanthie Mariet D’Souza

On 31 May 2023,The Diplomat published NESA Center alumnaShanthie Mariet D’Souza's article"A Compulsive Embrace Beneath the Afghanistan-Iran Water Conflict." D'Souza argues that "Kabul and Tehran have conflicting claims over the Helmand river’s water, but other mutual interests bind the two sides...

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Alumni Publication: "China Can’t Have It Both Ways in Europe" by Joshua Eisenman and Ilan Berman

On 30 May 2023,Foreign Policy (FP) published the opinion piece"China Can’t Have It Both Ways in Europe" co-authored byJoshua Eisenman and Ilan Berman, a NESACenter alum and regular speaker for NESA Center programs. The article explores the intricate dynamics between China, Russia, and European...

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Alumni Publication: "Voicing Against Disinformation" by Charani Patabendige

On 05 June 2023,Modern Diplomacy published NESA Center alumnaCharani Patabendige's article "Voicing Against Disinformation." "Disinformation affects both military and soft security aspects. A piece of disinformation can be a critical determinant to decide a victory of a state against another....

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CSAG Information Paper: "Capt. America vs Capt. Agon (The Billion-Dollar Bargaining Chip for the Syrian Republic of Captagon)"

Subject:Capt. America vs Capt. Agon (The Billion-Dollar Bargaining Chip for the Syrian Republic of Captagon) Purpose: This paper aims to present the CSAG’s analysis regarding how the Captagon drug industry in Syria affects the region and what the US/CENTCOM could do to consolidate its position...

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"The Future of Security in the Middle East" featuring NESA Center Professor David Des Roches

Volume 30,Issue 2 of the Middle East Policy Journal, published on28 May, includes a transcript of the Middle East Policy Council Symposium"The Future of Security in the Middle East," which took place on 21 Aprilin Washington, D.C. The symposiumfeatured NESA Center Associate Professor David Des...

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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 may be...

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Alumni Publication: "Let’s March Onward, All as One" by Charani Patabendige

On 21 June 2023,Ceylon Today published NESA Center alumnaCharani Patabendige's latest Op-Ed"Let’s March Onward, All as One"on preventing extremism in Sri Lanka and using diversity as a tool. "...diversity paves the way towards empathy which will prevent extremist activities. Further, diversity...

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CSAG Information Paper: "China and Russia: Competition for Afghanistan"

Subject:China and Russia: Competition for Afghanistan (AFG) Purpose: The aim of this paper is to present CSAG’s analysis of competition between Russia and China for agreements and strategies for the Central Asian Heartland. Read the full paper here View other USCENTCOM Combined Strategic...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: "The Soviet-sounding New Foreign Policy of Russia"

Overview: On March 31, President Putin announced an updated concept of Russian foreign policy.The previous document has been in effect since November 30, 2016. The Russian government is adapting its foreign policy assumptions to the changed situation due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and the...

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Faculty Publication: Dr. Gawdat Bahgat authors Chapter 10 in the book "The Arab Gulf States and Iran: The Roots and Manifestations of Rivalry in the Gulf Regional System"

On 6 June,theArab Center for Research and Policy Studies at theDoha Institute published the book"The Arab Gulf States and Iran: The Roots and Manifestations of Rivalry in the Gulf Regional System" (in Arabic). The book includes thirteen studies, all of which focus on the issue of the relationship...

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