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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 >

Iran’s South Korea-Flagged Oil Tanker Seizure: What Does this Action Mean?

By Lieutenant Colonel Youngsuk Lee, Republic of Korea Army, US Central Command: Strategy Plans and Policy Directorate; Combined Strategic Analysis Group 8 Feb 2021 Introduction: On 5 January 2021, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) seized the South Korea-flagged oil tanker M/T HANKUK CHEMI in the Strait of Hormuz. As a justification, Iran cited alleged Read More >

The Future of US-Iran Relations Under the Biden Administration

  29 January 2021 – The NESA Center held a meeting with representatives from Chatham House and other European think-tanks to discuss the future of US-Iran relations under the Biden Administration. The U.S. perspective was given, followed by a discussion of how Iranian leaders read the political map in Washington. Also among consideration was the Read More >

A Turkish-Saudi Rapprochement Could Promote Stability in the Region

Dr. Dania Koleilat Khatib is a NESA Alumnus and a specialist in US-Arab relations with a focus on lobbying. She holds a PhD in politics from the University of Exeter and is an affiliated scholar with the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut. Dr. Khatib frequently 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 >

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 >

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