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Iran Dialogue Series Briefing Paper: Conflicting Timelines and Agendas, and the Road to Potential Revival of the JCPOA

By Dr. Sanam Vakil, deputy director of the Chatham House Middle East North Africa Programme and Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, professor of National Security Affairs at National Defense University’s Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies 19 April 2021 Introduction During his 2020 campaign for the White House, Joe Biden made clear his intention to Read More >

Iran and Regional Security

By NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat 18 March 2021 In November 2020, only days before he was elected President of the United States, then-candidate Joseph Biden stated, “I will offer Tehran a credible path back to diplomacy. If Iran returns to strict compliance with the nuclear deal, the United States would rejoin the agreement as Read More >

Commentary on the Biden Administration’s “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance”

by NESA Professor Richard L. Russell 17 March 2021 The Biden administration has released an “Interim National Security Strategic Guidance.”[1] This interim report is intended to bridge the gap until the administration’s full national security strategy is published in the months ahead. Each presidential administration uses these national security strategies to share a general philosophy Read More >

Fast-Paced Diplomatic Effort to Jump Start Afghanistan Peace Process

by NESA Professor Ali Jalali 15 March 2021 Amid a renewed global push to end the long conflict in Afghanistan, key regional powers show support for a US plan to accelerate regional cooperation, and invigorate intra-Afghan talks on a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan. This comes in response to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s letter Read More >

India-China Relations, Indian Domestic Politics and the Future of Kashmir – A Conversation with Indian Professor Amitabh Mattoo

  In the sixth segment of the NESA South Asia Interview Series, Professor Hassan Abbas interviews Professor Amitabh Mattoo, one of the India’s leading public policy thinkers and presently Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and Professor of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. He also served as advisor with cabinet rank to Read More >

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 >

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