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Bay of Bengal Maritime Workshop

27–29 April 2021 – The NESA Center hosted a maritime and regional security workshop in a partnership with the National Maritime Foundation (NMF) that focused on the changing environmental and strategic challenges in the Bay of Bengal region. The workshop was kicked off by comments from NESA Director LTG (Ret) Terry Wolff and NMF Chairman Read More >

Washington Embassy Orientation

8 April 2021 – On 8 April, NESA hosted an informative one-day Washington Embassy Orientation (WEO) focused on “US Relations with the NESA Region in 2021: Current Status and Issues on the Horizon.” The WEO – intended for audiences from the local Embassy community in Washington, DC – welcomed over 40 for diplomats and military Read More >

Lebanon Fouad Shehab Command & Staff College Program

6 April – 9 April 2021 – Events in Lebanon and the United States over the last 10 months have conclusively demonstrated that leaders do not have the luxury of responding to crises one at a time. Whether grappling with global pandemics, national disasters, or violent extremism, states must constantly seek capacity resilience which allows Read More >

Community Oriented Policing and Countering Violent Extremism Seminar

06 April 2021– NESA Center faculty met with present members of policing agencies and governmental agencies to discuss community-oriented policing (COP) and its applicability of countering violent extremism (CVE). The event was led by Dr. Hassan Abbas (Distinguished Professor of International Relations) with the first discussion focusing on the modern policing challenges faced in today’s Read More >

Tunisian National Defense Institute National Security Seminar

On March 24–25, 2021 – The NESA Center in partnership with US Africa Command held its tenth annual Tunisian National Defense Institute (NDI) National Security Seminar for 45 senior government officials from 14 Tunisian agencies. The NDI led by the Director, Commodore Faouzi Zaiem, is a year-long Ministry of Defense program. It’s now in its Read More >

Security & Energy in the Mediterranean Sea Roundtable

March 22, 2021 – The NESA Center held a roundtable discussion on the Mediterranean Sea. Scholars from universities and think-tanks from Libya, Egypt, Israel, Cyprus, Greece, and Turkey were invited. The first panel focused on recent developments in Libya and the interim government’s efforts to hold elections next December. The second panel addressed regional disputes Read More >

Executive Seminar: “Global Power Competition”

February 1-11, 2021 – Dr. Gawdat Bahgat led the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies Executive Seminar on Global Power Competition (GPC). More than 80 foreign service and military officers from the United States and 26 other countries participated in the virtual seminar. To address this complex topic, the NESA Center brought in 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 >

Executive Seminar: “Unseen Opponents: The Security Challenges of Pandemics”

December 7-17, 2020 – Dr. Michael Sharnoff, supported by Dr. Hassan Abbas and Col. Daniel Curfiss, coordinated the NESA Center Executive Seminar attended by 93 foreign policy and security professionals from 23 countries. The theme of the seminar was “Unseen Opponents: The Security Challenges of Pandemics.” Participants were to achieve a set of objectives at Read More >

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