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China’s New Military Posture in Central Asia

By: LTC Andrea ZANINI, ITA A, Action Officer, CSAG CCJ5 26 Apr 2022 Overview: The US has always faced significant challenges in establishing their presence in Central Asia, which has traditionally been considered as an area of Russian security influence. The Kremlin’s strategy to maintain regional hegemony in its neighbourhood includes establishing close ties with Read More >

NESA Maritime Series: Indian Ocean Region Underwater Challenges Workshop

From 21 to 23 March 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted a digital workshop that explored underwater security challenges in the wider Indian Ocean Region (IOR). The discussions discussed topics pertaining to military/security concerns, cyber and technological components, environmental considerations, and private sector perspectives on the underwater domain. Participants Read More >

NESA-IISS South Asian Security Forum in Bahrain

25 to 27 March 2022 – The NESA Center and its partner, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), co-hosted the sixth annual South Asian Strategic Forum in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This unique Track 1.5 dialogue brought together 40 participants from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the UK, and the U.S. for focused discussion of the Read More >

Annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference

From 24–26 September 2021, Dean Dr. Roger Kangas along with Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas and Professor John Gill participated in the restart of the annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference in Bahrain. This was the 14th iteration of the conference after a hiatus in 2020 because of the health crisis. As in the past, this Read More >

Virtual Book Discussion with Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha

On 04 August 2021, Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha of the Manohar Parrikar Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses (MP-IDSA) joined NESA and NDU faculty to discuss his new book, “Indus Basin Uninterrupted: A History of Territory and Politics from Alexander to Nehru.” Dr. Sinha gave a sweeping overview of his book and answered a broad Read More >

New Maritime Security Challenges in the Indian Ocean: Shared Concerns and Opportunities from Bangladesh Perspective

By Professor Shahab Enam Khan, Department of International Relations, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh, and Research Director, Bangladesh Enterprise Institute.[1] 3 May 2021  “Within a few generations, the world’s oceans will no longer be coloured blue. Instead, they will have been claimed by nation states and will be identified on maps according to the shades of the 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 >

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 >

India’s Strategic Rise, South Asia’s Choices, and Great Power Competition with Dr. Thomas Lynch

14 January 2021 – In the first iteration of the IOR digital series in 2021, Dr. Thomas Lynch of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at National Defense University (NDU) joins NESA’s Jeffrey Payne to discuss his views on Great Power Competition, U.S.-India bilateral relations, and the trajectory of India as an actor of Read More >

Balancing State Security and Foreign Policy with Non-Traditional Security

  20 November 2020 – The seventh edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series features Dr. Uttam Kumar Sinha for a discussion on balancing foreign policy and state security with non-traditional security, particularly climate change and water security, within a South Asia regional context. Dr. Sinha answered a wide range of questions: from the Read More >