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NESA-USAFRICOM “North Africa Senior Leaders Workshop”

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), conducted a “North Africa Senior Leaders Workshop” from 7–14 September 2022 in Washington, DC, ending the 2022 NESA-AFRICOM Workshop Series. The focus of the Workshop was on the crises and evolving global trends that will shape the world in decades Read More >

NESA-AFRICOM Countering Violent Extremism: The Evolution of Radicalization and Responses Workshop

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), conducted the “NESA-AFRICOM Countering Violent Extremism: The Evolution of Radicalization and Responses Workshop” from 1–5 August 2022 in Casablanca, Morocco. In examining radicalization in the region, two issues came to the forefront: the continuing and evolving use of Read More >

NESA-AFRICOM “The Changing Nature of Security and Institutions Workshop”

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), conducted the NESA-AFRICOM “The Changing Nature of Security and Institutions Workshop” from 11–13 July 2022 in Tunis, Tunisia. Security discussions on capacity building and the increasing challenges of transnational threats (trafficking, migration, pandemics) and non-traditional challenges (climate, water) Read More >

GCC-Algeria Relationship within the Regional Constellation

NESA Center Alumni Publication By Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui, Chairman of Nordsudventures.com 15 December 2021 Background The states of the Gulf and North Africa are part of one strategic space defined, broadly, by shared linguistic, cultural, religious, social, and historical characteristics. Both subregions are members of the League of Arab States, and they perceive themselves to Read More >

US Confirms Full Sovereignty of Morocco over the Sahara in Exchange for Recognizing Israel

Moha Ennaji, a NESA Alumnus, is President of the South North Center for Intercultural Dialogue and Migration Studies in Morocco. His most recent books include Managing Cultural Diversity in the Mediterranean Region  and Multiculturalism and Democracy in North Africa: Aftermath of the Arab Spring. 8 January 2021 – Following recent developments in the Middle East, Read More >

The Challenges of the Mediterranean

NESA Center Alumni Publication By Dr. Arslan Chikhaoui Executive Chairman, Nord-Sud Ventures Consultancy Center 18 November 2020 – Twenty-five years after the Barcelona Process, the Mediterranean region remains the theater of low intensity conflicts, with all their malicious corollaries, and politico-diplomatic maneuvers. Indeed, ever since Themistocles and the legendary naval battle of Salamis we know Read More >

NESA-AFRICOM Roundtable: “The Use of Disinformation”

On 30 July, NESA Professor Anne Moisan held the fifth edition of the NESA-AFRICOM roundtable webinar series with a select group of alumni and an AFRICOM representative.  The session was themed around “The Use of Disinformation” within a North African regional context. With the growth of social media, disinformation has become an increasingly potent political Read More >

Redefining Security Post-Covid-19

NESA Professor Anne Moisan continued the NESA-AFRICOM virtual roundtable series on July 16 with a select group of alumni and an AFRICOM representative.  Four presenters were asked to examine a number of issues that impact the shift from hard security and the military to a broader range of security issues in North Africa amidst the Read More >

Privacy and Surveillance, Freedom and Censorship in the Digital Age

Governments in the NESA region have been grappling with the privacy-security dilemma and technology for many years. This quandary is becoming especially critical now as governments deal with the multiple public health and socioeconomic challenges of COVID-19. It heightens concerns about the national security implications of the use of emerging technologies such as facial recognition Read More >

Covid-19: The Moroccan Experience in Managing the Crisis

Hicham Tahiri-Alaoui, NESA Alumnus At the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, most underestimated the impact and scale of the virus. Citizens in Morocco thought this epidemic and later pandemic, would follow the course of previous health crises that spread on a more limited scale. The decision-makers, on the other hand, were anxiously observing the quick Read More >