About NESA

Based at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., the NESA Center is today the preeminent U.S. Department of Defense institution for promoting security cooperation with partner countries in the NESA region.

Established in 2000 when the U.S. Department of Defense recognized the need for an organization dedicated to the challenging region extending from North Africa across the Arabian Peninsula and into South Asia, the NESA Center works to enhance security cooperation between the U.S. and the Near East and South Asia by providing a collaborative space for policymakers to build security strategy and cultivate partnerships.

The NESA Center has the unique ability to leverage the collaborative interests and knowledge of U.S. military organizations including U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM), U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), U.S. Army Central (ARCENT), the Joint Staff, as well as the U.S. Department of State, to render specialized conferences, seminars, workshops, and Track II diplomatic efforts.

The NESA Center boasts an alumni network of nearly 10,000 security professionals from over 120 countries spanning the NESA region and beyond. With the efforts of our partners and program participants, foreign policy communities around the world are better equipped to provide answers and analysis towards tough security challenges impacting our world.


To build and sustain communities of influence and partnership among security professionals and other key stakeholders throughout the NESA region. The efforts of our expansive alumni network—numbering almost 10,000 NESA alumni—ensure that foreign policy communities around the world are becoming better equipped to provide answers and analysis towards some of the toughest security challenges impacting our world.


A secure, prosperous NESA region committed to collaborative, inclusive security and whole-of-government approaches to security and socio-political challenges.