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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 >

The Need to Stand Up an Emergency Response Task Force in the Gulf

  Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib, August 31 2020 No matter who wins the United States presidential election in November, Iran will remain a focal point for United States foreign policy. Whether the Trump Administration continues its maximum pressure policy or a new Biden Administration plans on a return to the JCPOA, a back channel for Read More >

Strategic Survey Seminar “Iran and Middle East Security”

From 28 to 30 July, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a Strategic Survey webinar on “Iran and Middle East Security.” The webinar—which featured numerous internationally-recognized scholar-practitioners—was intended for both American and foreign military officers and civilians working in U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command. The daily topics Read More >

Iran Workshop Series: Domestic Dynamics and Economic Assessment

10 July 2020 NESA, in partnership with the Chatham House MENA Programme, held the second event of the Iran Workshop Series in which analysts and experts examined Iran’s domestic scene and the ongoing economic challenges impacting the country since the outbreak of COVID-19. Read meeting summary here.   The views presented in this article are Read More >

Missile Defense Basics

NESA Professor David DesRoches discusses the basics of the Patriot and THAAD missile defense systems and explains why some systems are not effective against cruise missiles and drones. The video also covers technological advancements to the Iranian missile arsenal and explains why Saudi forces are the most effective at interception. The views presented in this Read More >

The NESA Region in the Post-COVID-19 Era

Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Center During a webinar organized by Beirut Institute Summit last week, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs for the United Arab Emirates Anwar Gargash was asked whether there was concern that Iran may provoke a confrontation in the region. In response, Minister Gargash emphasized that “the region, like all regions in Read More >

How does Coronavirus Affect Stability in the Middle East?

Sam Marrero, NESA Center The validity of coronavirus data coming out of Middle Eastern countries may be uncertain, but most Middle Eastern countries – save Iran and Turkey – appear to avoiding a catastrophe of causalities. Take for example, Egypt, an under-resourced country of almost 100 million, which as of May 8th 2020 reported a Read More >

Ramadan Soap Operas: “Cold Peace” vs. “Warming Peace”

بالعربية Pусский Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Center In 1979, Israel signed the first ever peace treaty with an Arab country – Egypt. Fifteen years later, in 1994, Jordan became the second Arab country to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish state. Since then, no formal treaties have been signed, but two major trends can be Read More >

Impact of the Coronavirus on Arab Gulf States

بالعربية Pусский Dave DesRoches, NESA Center The novel coronavirus is a traumatic event for the Arab states of the Gulf, surpassing even the security challenges posed by the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the events following the 9/11 attacks in the United States.  The Arab Gulf states are all export economies that are reliant Read More >

COVID-19: Health and Economic Crises

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Since mid-February, people in the NESA region and around the world have been suffering from two overlapping crises – a health crisis and an economic one. Turkey and Iran have had the largest number of infected cases, but the virus has not spared any country in the region or Read More >

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