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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 >

Pakistan’s Recent Diplomatic Efforts and Implications for Relations with the US

By: LTC Taewon Choi, ROK Army, CSAG CCJ5 18 May 2022 Overview: In 1947, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, founder of the state of Pakistan, clearly described the principles and objectives of Pakistan’s foreign policy in a broadcast message: “The foundation of our foreign policy is friendship with all nations across the globe.” In accordance with this, Read More >

United States and Iran’s Nuclear Program, What Comes Next?

On 2 March 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies and the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) held a joint roundtable discussion to examine the potential impact of the Vienna nuclear negotiations between Iran and global powers on regional and global stability and U.S.-Iran relations. Dr. Vali Nasr (Johns Hopkins Read More >

Russia’s Strategic Communications on an Iran Nuclear Agreement?

By: LTC Jussi Puustinen, FIN Army, CSAG CCJ5 21 Jan 2022 Background: Russia has been very consistent about its messaging on the possibility of the re-establishment of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Actions (JCPOA). Russia is supporting narrative about Iran’s willingness to return to the nuclear deal. In this case, Russia uncommonly shares the views Read More >

Will a Likely Future JCPOA be already worthless Because of Iran’s Nuclear Stockpiles?

By: LTC Arjen Wassink, NLD Army, CSAG CCJ5 29 Nov 2021 Introduction: The common perception of Iran’s threat is through its regional deployment and use of proxies, its tactical ballistic missiles, and the progressive enrichment of uranium to build a nuclear weapon. While it is possible that the US will return to the Joint Comprehensive Read More >

A Diplomatic, Military, and Economic Review for Bahrain, 12 Months into the Abraham Accords

By: Colonel Ahmed Morsy, Egyptian Armed Forces, CSAG CCJ5 16 Nov 2021 Background: Bahrain’s geographical location and geopolitical importance places the Kingdom in a prominent position. At times, Iran claims sovereignty over Bahrain and produces historical references to it. Bahrain was under Persian rule from 1602-1783, following an 80-year Portuguese occupation. In 1799, the House Read More >

Chatham House Workshop on Iran

On Monday, February 21, 2022 the NESA Center, in partnership with Chatham House, held a hybrid round-table discussion on the nuclear negotiation between Iran and global power in Vienna, Austria. The discussion was led by NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas and moderated by NESA Center Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas, and NESA Center Professor Read More >

Washington Seminar Series

On 10 February 2022, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) hosted a modified version of its popular Washington Seminar Series titled “Biden Administration Foreign Policy – An Assessment and the Way Forward.” The group from nearly 30 embassy communities was welcomed by NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas along Read More >