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Xi Jinping’s Visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

CSAG INFORMATION PAPER By: Ibrahim Elveren, MAJ, Turkish Army (CSAG/CCJ5) and Taewon Choi, LTC, Republic of Korea Army (CSAG/CCJ5) 15 December 2022 Subject:Xi Jinping’s Visit to the KSA (for China-Saudi Summit, China-GCC Summit and China-Arab States Summit) Purpose: This paper aims to present the CSAG’s analysis regarding Chinese Leader Xi Jinping’s visit to the KSA Read More >

Executive Seminar: Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World

From 5–16 December 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted an Executive Seminar (ES) titled “Strategic Power Competition in a Multipolar World.” The virtual seminar’s focus on strategic power competition helped define what “global power” and “competition” mean. It also identified challenges the United States faces in this new era Read More >

The Future of Saudi-Turkish Bilateral Relations

CSAG STRATEGY PAPER By: COL Humoud Alradaan, KWT MOD, Action Officer, CSAG CCJ5 28 October 2022 Overview: Saudi Arabia possesses deep-rooted historical and cultural ties with Türkiye. The history of diplomatic relations dates to 1929, following the signing of the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation between the two countries. Bilateral relations have been strengthened through Read More >

Shanghai Cooperation Organization Challenging the West

CSAG INFORMATION PAPER By: Kashif Ehtisham, LTC, Pakistan Army CSAG/CCJ5 14 October 2022 Subject: Is SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) building up to challenge the US lead West? Purpose: After the recent extraordinary gathering of 14 x states at Uzbekistan under the ambit of SCO and its expansion with full membership of Iran, critics labeled the Read More >

The Middle East Game of Drones

CSAG INFORMATION PAPER By: Mihai Girboan, Maj., ROU Army, CSAG/CCJ5 24 August 2022 Subject: The Middle East Game of Drones. Purpose: To identify the new tendencies in technology, proliferation, and commercialization of unmanned aerial vehicles, the strategic ties between actors, the “why and how” of the UAV use in USCENTCOM AOR and the consequences resulting from it, Read More >

Integrated Deterrence

CSAG INFORMATION PAPER By: Jussi Puustinen, LTC, FIN Army, CSAG/CCJ5 & Richard Pečínka, Lt Col, CZE Air Force CSAG/CCJ5 17 August 2022 Subject: CSAG’s perspective on the concept of Integrated Deterrence. Purpose: To provide CSAG’s unvarnished opinion about the Integrated Deterrence Concept. This paper discusses general requirements for implementing the concept, challenges, opportunities, and provides opinions on Read More >

Iran’s Diplomacy Against the Backdrop of the Russian – Ukrainian War

By: LTC Andrea ZANINI, ITA A, Action Officer, CSAG CCJ5 6 October 2022 Overview: In Iran, the administration of President Ebrahim Raisi continues its strive for regional diplomacy, as tensions with the West over its nuclear program continue to build up. The conservative president came to power in August 2021 with a promise of “extending Read More >

July–August 2022 NESA Center Update Report

View the NESA Center July–August 2022 Update focused on Near East South Asia Region Trends regarding the Gulf. The update also highlights July through August 2022 NESA Center Programs & Events, Faculty & Staff Engagements, Alumni Contributions, and Upcoming Events. July–August 2022 Gulf Trends: There is great concern over a possible revival of an Iran Read More >

The Russian Invasion of Ukraine and Some of its Implications on the USCENTCOM’s AOR and Beyond

By: CDR Hubert MROZ, POL Navy, CSAG CCJ5 5 August 2022 Overview: In many ways, the world will no longer be the same as it was before the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Paradoxically, the region where the effects of the war are most felt and capable of bringing about the greatest changes is not Europe, Read More >

Kazakhstan’s Position in the War Between Russia and Ukraine

By: LTC Andrea ZANINI, ITA A, Action Officer, CSAG CCJ5 3 June 2022 Overview: On March 1, 2022, Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev took a stand on the conflict in Ukraine during the extraordinary Congress of the Amanat ruling party (via VTC): the priority in such a scenario is to guarantee the security of Kazakhstan. The Read More >