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The IOR Economic Condition: Energy, Trade and Infrastructure

In the newest iteration of the NESA MARSEC Digital Series, economic conditions in the Gulf region are explored for impacts on maritime security. NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat gives his thoughts on the Gulf economy and the direction to which trend lines point for the future. The event was moderated by NESA’s Jeff Payne. The Read More >

Maritime Dimensions of Regional Rivalries in the Gulf

In this conversation on maritime-related topics in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR), NESA Professor COL (ret.) David Des Roches presents in detail on the complex security situation in the Persian Gulf and how such complexity has direct and substantial impacts throughout the larger IOR. The views presented in this article are those of the speaker Read More >

Peace Process Dynamics in Afghanistan

NESA Distinguished Professor, Minister Ali Jalali, discusses the dynamics of the peace process in Afghanistan.  He covers three main points: 1). the road-map to the peace process; 2). the obstacles to the peace process; and 3). the prospects for a political settlement on the basis of the ‘Doha deal’ between the United States and the Read More >

Reflections on the Geopolitics of India, Pakistan and China – A Conversation with professor and historian John H. (Jack) Gill

In the fourth segment of NESA South Asia Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Professor Jack Gill of the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies. John H (Jack) Gill, a military historian, serves as a professor at NESA. A former South Asia foreign area officer, he retired as a colonel in 2005. He Read More >

Peace, Taliban and Cricket in Afghanistan: A Conversation with Afghan Leader and Diplomat Dr. Omar Zakhilwal

The third installment of the NESA South Asia Interview Series is with Dr. Omar Zakhilwal hailing from Afghanistan’s Badakhshan province served as finance minister (2009-2014) under President Hamid Karzai and later was appointed as Kabul’s ambassador to Pakistan (2015-2018). He holds a PhD in economics from Carleton University in Canada and has also consulted for Read More >

Inside India Today: Politics, Security and the Rivalry with China – An Interview with Professor Christophe Jaffrelot

This is the second engagement of NESA’s South Asia Interview series. NESA Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Christophe Jaffrelot who is Avantha Chair and Professor of Indian Politics and Sociology at the King’s India Institute and also the Research Lead for the Global Institutes, King’s College London. Hassan Abbas: Welcome Professor Jaffrelot. I am borrowing Read More >

Governance, Counter Terrorism and Policing in Pakistan – A Conversation with Azhar Nadeem, Inspector General of Police (retired)

Welcome to the first installment of NESA’s South Asia Interview series with NESA Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas. We will interview practitioners, politicians, diplomats and scholars from South Asia. These engagements will include NESA alumni from the region as well as US South Asia experts . Mr. Azhar Hassan Nadeem served in senior law enforcement positions Read More >

Oil Prices and Strategic Implications

Gawdat Bahgat, NESA discusses recent oil prices and strategic implications. In April 2020, oil prices collapsed to their lowest level ever. Producers had to pay consumers to take oil. Since then, prices have partly recovered. This severe fluctuation raises serious concerns about the strategic implications on oil-producing countries.               Read More >

Global Power Competition: Strategic Implications for the NESA Region

Gawdat Bahgat, NESA With more than a billion people and abundant natural resources, the NESA region (the Middle East, South and Central Asia) enjoys tremendous geopolitical and geo-economic advantages. Furthermore, the NESA region occupies a strategic location, connecting different cultures and civilizations. Little wonder that, since the dawn of history, global powers have been interested Read More >

Protests and Policing in America Today: Five Critical Lessons

Dr. Hassan Abbas, NESA The widespread protests across the United States in the aftermath of the tragic killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, at the hands of a police officer raises important questions about police professionalism and rule of law. Police organizations across the world and in the US are already under severe Read More >

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