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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 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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43nd Issue of per Concordiam

The Marshall Center is pleased to announce the publication of the43nd issue ofper Concordiam(Volume 11, Issue 3, 2021) with a focus on“The High North”. Congratulations to all of our alumni contributors, including Lt. Col. Ryan B. Ley (United States, GARSS 21-23), Dr. Alexandra Middleton (...

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A Network of Maritime Fusion Centers Throughout the Indo-Pacific

Exerpt: The establishment of national maritime fusion centers across the Indo-Pacific region would go a long way toward advancing maritime security. Indo-Pacific states should establish such centers with a focus on maritime threats of a transboundary nature, as well as traditional state-...

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ADM Davidson spotlighted in 4th DKI Speaker Series

Admiral Philip S. Davidson, Commander ofU.S. Indo-Pacific Command, shared his thoughts on challenges and opportunities in the region during the Daniel K. Inouye Speaker Series held on Tuesday night at theDaniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies. Event Images The hybrid...

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China Vs. Democracy: The Greatest Game, A Handbook for Democracy

CHINA VS. DEMOCRACY: THE GREATEST GAME A HANDBOOK FOR DEMOCRACIES by Robin Shepherd It is our privilege to present a publication by the Halifax International Security Forum. Apublication that our esteemed Dr. Saira Yamin was interviewed for. "The year 2020 witnessed a paradigm...

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China’s Manipulative Use of Climate Change

“China’s Manipulative Use of Climate Change” is the title of a paper by Dr. Deon Canyon forSecurity Nexus. This article details how China, through the use of irregular warfare tactics and outright deception, continues in their leading role of producing greenhouse gas emissions that exceed the...

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China’s Salami Slicing Tactics and the Latest India-China Border Standoff

“China’s Salami Slicing Tactics and the Latest India-China Border Standoff” is a new paper by DKI APCSS professor Dr. Srini Sitaraman for Security Nexus. In this OpEd, Sitaraman discusses India’s strategy for dealing with the increasing border incursions committed by China while minimalizing...

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Competitive Security Gaming: Rethinking Wargaming to Provide Competitive Intelligence that Informs Strategic Competition and National Security

Summary: Generating competitive intelligence to make intelligent decisions in a world increasingly facing complex security challenges is more difficult than ever before. Competitive Security Gaming reframes wargaming in terms of strategic, operational and tactical competition rather than...

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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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Executive Seminar: Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World

From 5–16 December 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted an Executive Seminar (ES) titled “Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World.” The virtual seminar’s focus on strategic power competition helped define what “global power” and “competition” mean...

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Gaming Major Power Rivalry and Climate Disasters Using Systems Tools

“Gaming Major Power Rivalry and Climate Disasters Using Systems Tools” is the title of paper by DKI APCSS’ Dr. Deon Canyon and former visiting scholar Jonathan Chan forSecurity Nexus. This paper documents a methodology for creating crisis-games that are designed to explore possible futures in...

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Great Power Competition Versus Counterterrorism: A False Dichotomy

DKI APCSS professor Dr. Sam Mullins has a new article online called “Great Power Competition Versus Counterterrorism: A False Dichotomy” published by justsecurity.org. In this article, Dr. Mullins states than in the“more than two years since the United States officially shifted strategic...

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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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Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about Security in the Indo-Pacific.

aside { width: 40%; padding-left: 18px; margin-left: 1px; float: right; font-style: italic; } As part of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies 25th Anniversary, the Center has produced this publication, “Hindsight, Insight, Foresight: Thinking about...

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International Military Officers’ Forum

From 1-5 November 2021, the NESA Center hosted foreign military officers assigned to U.S. Central Command in Tampa in Washington D.C. for an International Military Officers’ Forum titled “World Power Competition and Middle East Turmoil.” NESA Center experts, including Professor Dr. Richard...

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NESA Center Subject Matter Expert Lecture Series at the Royal Jordanian National Defense College

From 21–23 January 2024, the NESA Center Professional Military Education (PME) Team enabled the delivery of three subject matter expert (SME) lectures to students and faculty at the Royal Jordanian National Defense College (RJNDC) outside Amman, Jordan. Over the course of three days,...

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Pakistan National Defence University Seminar

From 11–15 May 2024, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Foreign Study Tour delegation from the Pakistan National Defence University, comprising of 15 students and faculty led by their Chief Instructor, Major General Naeem Akhtar. The purpose of the program...

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Perry Center Alumni Gathering in Lima

The Perry Center and Marshall Center Alumni Committee successfully hosted an alumni event in Lima, Peru, on June 4, 2024. The event saw over 70 graduates from the Perry Center come together for an evening of reconnection and camaraderie while fostering a spirit of community among all attendees...

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Comparative Analysis
Comparative Analysis of CT/CVE Policies: USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, and North Macedonia

Homeland Securityconducted a comparative analysis of five countries’ CT/CVE policies– USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, and North Macedonia– to identify common values and themes. Read the publication here.

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Atlantic Council Global Foresight 2023 Survey Results

TheAtlantic Council's Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security released the results of itsGlobal Foresight 2023 Survey. The survey is the second part of the Scowcroft Center's three-part Global Foresight 2023 report, providing insights from more than 150 foresight experts and foreign policy...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: Türkiye's Role in the USCENTCOM AOR

Overview: Türkiye has quite a unique position in many perspectives e.g., geographically, geopolitically and geoeconomically. It lies at the intersection of Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia (and Africa) with ties to all of them; it has a land connection to the CENTCOM AOR, and it controls...

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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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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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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: "A Look into the Origins of Russian Strategic Culture"

Overview: Russia’s worldview is shaped by its strategic culture. Certain periods in history have a significant meaning in forming its strategic culture. These periods have influenced how Russians think about strong leaders, why autocracy is seen as a better option over democracy, why corruption...

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J5 Academic Paper: “NEOM City: Integrated Campaigning and Competition with China”

Abstract: NEOM City is a planned futuristic metroplex that serves as a $500 billion cornerstone of the Vision 2030 strategic framework that reduces Saudi Arabia’s dependence on oil and diversifies its economy. Currently, USCENTCOM does not have a plan to capitalize on what will become a regional...

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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: "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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CSAG Information Paper: "Is CENTCOM Prescribing the ‘Suitable Medicine’ to Deter Iran?"

Subject: Is CENTCOM Prescribing the ‘Suitable Medicine’ to Deter Iran? Purpose: To present CSAG analysis of the recent deployment of additional US troops and assets in the Middle East (ME) to deter Iran, within the context of the current strategic and operational environment, and to draw...

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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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Alumni Publication: "The Geopolitics of Critical Minerals in Mediterrafrica" by Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui

On 21 November 2023, the NESA Center for Strategic Studies published alum Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui'slatest Op-Ed titled "The Geopolitics of Critical Minerals in Mediterrafrica." "In this new era of reshaping geopolitical alliances, Africa is emerging as a production region of strategic minerals,...

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Alumni Publication: "Fragility in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Expanding China’s Geopolitical Ambition" by Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

On 7 December 2023, theNESA Center for Strategic Studies published NESA Center alumAsanga Abeyagoonasekera'sarticle "Fragility in Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Expanding China’s Geopolitical Ambition." "Does fragility matter in geopolitics? Does China exploit fragility in vulnerable nations to gain an...

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Report: 7 Global Risks to Watch in 2024

On 22 January 2024, Agora Strategy published the report, "From Ballots and Bullets to Bytes: 7 Global Risks to Watch in 2024,"which NESA Center alumna Antonia Dimou contributed to. According to the report, the 7 global risks to watch in 2024 are: 1) Elections weakening democracy; 2) Wars waged,...

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CSAG Strategy Paper: "The Hamas – Israel Conflict: Forming A Potential 'New Normal'”

Overview: The Hamas attack on Israel on 7 October has affected not only the political and security dynamics in the ME region but also the world at large. This attack being executed simultaneously in multiple domains i.e. air, land, and sea, culminating with ‘mass hostage captivity,’ can be...

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Alumni Publication: "The competition for influence in the Americas is now online" by Celina Realuyo

On 12 February 2024, Atlantic Council published NESA Center alumnaCelina Realuyo's latest articleon how the PRC and Russia are exploiting emerging technologies and cyberspace in the Americas, titled "The competition for influence in the Americas is now online." This publication is part of an...

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2023 NESA Center Impact Report

The2023 Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Impact Reportshowcases the NESA Center alumni network, academic programming, and engagements spanning from fiscal year 2023 to the first quarter of fiscal year 2024. It particularly highlights the following areas of focus:...

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