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 relating to emerging threats and changes in global power structures while engaging with U.S. government officials, subject-matter experts, and scholars.

NESA Center Adjunct Professor Dr. Jennifer Jefferis and NESA Center Associate Professor Dr. Michael Sharnoff led the seminar, which focused on five main themes: global order, economy, emerging tech, climate change, and Lebanon’s future defense security relationship with the U.S.

Forty-nine members from the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) participated in the program, with discussions held off-the-record under Chatham House rules of non-attribution. It was structured so the participants could engage with the speakers (and each other) to enrich the interaction and seminar experience.

Lebanese Armed Forces Seminar group photograph at NDU on 10 April 2023.


Reference last year’s LAF program, held from 18 to 22 April 2022, below.

Lebanon Fouad Shehab Command & Staff College Program


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