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The Coronavirus – What Can It Teach Us?

باللغة العربية Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Center, 30 March 2020 The Coronavirus has been proven to be one of the worst catastrophic experiences the world has seen in recent times, having spread to almost every country. People from different socio-economic backgrounds, religious, ethnic and sectarian groups have been infected. It is too soon to try Read More >

The Coronavirus Impact on Israel, Palestine Jordan

باللغة العربية Dr. Michael Sharnoff, NESA Center, 30 March 2020 Dr. Michael Sharnoff is an Associate Professor at the NESA Center and is the author of Nasser’s Peace: Egypt’s Response to the 1967 War with Israel. The novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has caused many deaths, illnesses and major disruptions for Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians. Israel’s Ministry Read More >

Coronavirus and the Arab Gulf States: Modernization Delayed?

باللغة العربية en français David Des Roches, NESA Center, 29 March 2020 In a pandemic, there are three sources of societal damage. The first is damage from the disease; the second is damage from any panic which may accompany the disease, the third is economic damage due to the disease and the measures taken to Read More >

Pakistan and the Future of the Taliban: 10 Things to Consider

“Developing an intra-Afghan understanding is a necessary step for peacebuilding in Afghanistan, but it cannot happen with Afghanistan’s neighbors pulling the various groups in different directions. U.S. Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation, Zalmay Khalilzad, had a clear mandate to cut a deal with the Taliban and, to give him his due, he pursued it with Read More >

The Day after al-Sistani

NESA Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas writes for CGP: “The world’s most prominent Shiite religious leader, Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, commands a great deal of influence and respect – not just in Iraq, but around the world. Questions about who will succeed the cleric and how the reportedly complicated selection process will unfold are being raised Read More >

The Iran Pressure Plan Will Fail

NESA Professor, Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, June 9 2019 There is no doubt that the “maximum pressure” strategy is making life harder for the government of Tehran and the majority of Iranian people. Still, it is unlikely that the pressure will lead to a major policy shift. Read more from Dr. Bahgat’s published article here.  The Read More >

Civil Nuclear Energy in the Middle East: Demand, Parity, and Risk

Highlighting the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, this paper studies the security policy implications of civil nuclear programs and assesses the prospects for indigenous nuclear industries and relationships with international suppliers. By NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat and Professor Robert Mason (American University in Cairo) Read here. The views presented in this article Read More >

Iran’s Ballistic-Missile and Space Program: An Assessment

Since the early 1970s, Iran has sought to develop strong missile capabilities. In recent years, Tehran’s arsenal has evolved to become the largest and most diverse in the Middle East, though not the most lethal or longest-range. Israel and Saudi Arabia have also developed formidable capabilities. Iran’s program, however, has attracted more political and academic Read More >

Provocation, war and restraint under the nuclear shadow: The Kargil conflict 1999

The Kargil conflict was a limited war between India and Pakistan fought along the Kashmir Line of Control during the spring/summer of 1999. Named for the principal town in the combat zone on the Indian side, it was the first open warfare between India and Pakistan as declared nuclear weapons states and included the first Read More >

The Brewing War between Iran and Israel: Strategic Implications

Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran and Israel have seen each other as sworn enemies. Iranian leaders do not recognize the Jewish state and refer to it as the “Zionist regime,” while Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been the world’s most outspoken critic of Tehran’s policies, particularly the nuclear program. Read here. The views Read More >

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