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Strategic Estimate 2021

By Combined Strategic Analysis Group – CCJ5-G – USCENTCOM May 2021 Introduction: USCENTCOM CCJ5 Combined Strategic Analysis Group (CSAG) produces a yearly, forward looking AOR Strategic Estimate for Commander USCENTCOM and staff. This Estimate is the 48th since 2003. The previous Estimate was released on 4 May 2020. The May 2021 Estimate is current as Read More >

NESA IOR Digital Series with Dr. Christopher Colley

23 March 2021 – This iteration of the NESA IOR Digital Series features comments from Dr. Christopher Colley of the UAE National Defence College. His research on China-India relations is discussed, as well as what he sees as the nature of competition among major powers and how smaller regional states in the IOR (Indian Ocean Read More >

Why Northeast India Matters For Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific Vision?

by Dr. Rupakjyoti Borah, NESA Alumnus and Professor and Dean, School of Social Sciences, Kaziranga University, Assam, India. The recent visit of the Ambassador of Japan to Assam is very significant. This comes against the background of Japan’s Free and Open Indo-Pacific (FOIP) Vision. This development also has to be seen in conjunction with initiatives like Read More >

From Warring Partner to Peace Broker – Impact of the New Administration’s Policy towards the War in Yemen

By: LtCol Michael von Normann, DEU A, CSAG Middle East Branch 02 Mar 2021 Introduction: In his first foreign policy speech on February 4, 2021, President Biden announced the US would end its support for the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen. The new policy laid out by the President also included the suspension of Read More >

Executive Seminar: “Global Power Competition”

February 1-11, 2021 – Dr. Gawdat Bahgat led the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar on Global Power Competition (GPC). More than 80 foreign service and military officers from the United States and 26 other countries participated in the virtual seminar. To address this complex topic, the NESA Center brought in Read More >

China’s Territorial Ambition in Central Asia

  By MAJ Naoki Tajiri, Japan Ground Self-Defense Force, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 4 Feb 2021 Introduction: The COVID-19 pandemic has restarted China’s revisionism along with their ambition of territorial expansion and accelerated their long-term plans. After World War II, China advanced westward and invaded Tibet in Read More >

Sri Lanka’s Geopolitical Challenges with Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

22 January 2021 – In the eleventh edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series, Mr. Fahad Malaikah hosts Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera for a discussion of his new book, “Conundrum of an Island: Sri Lanka’s Geopolitical Challenges”. Mr. Abeyagoonasekera sheds light on what inspired him to write the book as well as the various topics Read More >

Impact of India-China Tensions in the CENTCOM AoR

  By Lt Col Farhan Ali, Pakistan Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 25 Jan 2021 Introduction: Complex territorial disputes, economic competition, and broader geostrategic competition between India and China cause tensions along the world’s longest unsettled group of borders. The circa 3500 kilometer Indo-China border is divided Read More >