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The Pakistan Conference: 75 Years of Independence

From 29–30 November 2022, the Lakshmi Mittal and Family South Asia Institute at Harvard hosted a conference titled, “The Pakistan Conference: 75 Years of Independence” in Cambridge, MA, co-sponsored by the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies and the American Institute of Pakistan Studies (AIPS).   The conference featured panel discussions with Read More >

NESA Center Seminar on Academia, Media, & National Security in Pakistan

On Tuesday, 13 September 2022, to better understand the relationship between media and security, as well as ways academia can play a role, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in collaboration with the Islamabad-based, think tank Jinnah Institute, convened a day-long event on “Academia, Media, and National Security in Pakistan” at the Marriott Read More >

Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in Southwest Asia and the Gulf Seminar

From 28 August – 01 September 2022, the NESA Center conducted a seminar titled “Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in Southwest Asia and the Gulf.” The four-day hybrid workshop was held in Muscat, Oman.   This seminar was designed to help participants assess, analyze and identify opportunities to effectively counter human trafficking in South Asia Read More >

Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) A West’s Initiative to Uplift Developing Countries and Counter BRI

By: LTC Kashif Ehtisham, Pakistan Army, CSAG CCJ5 20 September 2022 Overview: The US and China, the two major strategic competitors, are seeking engagements to establish ‘economic partnerships’ aimed at attaining greater influence/ leverage over certain countries/ regions. There have been intense activities globally in recent times, encompassing economic, political, and diplomatic measures, affecting international Read More >

Royal Jordanian National Defense College: Perspectives on Strategic Leadership Seminar

From 25–27 July 2022, the NESA Center conducted a Perspectives on Strategic Leadership seminar with students and faculty of the Royal Jordanian National Defense College (RJNDC) in Amman, Jordan. The seminar marked the start of the academic year for the 120 students attending the year-long senior officer professional military education (PME) course in Jordan. The Read More >

Pakistan National Defense University Visit

From 11–15 June 2022, the NESA Center hosted a delegation from Pakistan’s National Defense University visiting Washington, DC. The 20 participants included faculty and students from both the military and the civilian interagency in Pakistan, culminating their year-long course of study. The group also included four officers from Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Saudi Arabia who 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 >

China’s New Military Posture in Central Asia

By: LTC Andrea ZANINI, ITA A, Action Officer, CSAG CCJ5 26 Apr 2022 Overview: The US has always faced significant challenges in establishing their presence in Central Asia, which has traditionally been considered as an area of Russian security influence. The Kremlin’s strategy to maintain regional hegemony in its neighbourhood includes establishing close ties with Read More >

NESA-IISS South Asian Security Forum in Bahrain

25 to 27 March 2022 – The NESA Center and its partner, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), co-hosted the sixth annual South Asian Strategic Forum in the Kingdom of Bahrain. This unique Track 1.5 dialogue brought together 40 participants from India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the UK, and the U.S. for focused discussion of the Read More >

A Pivot to Geoeconomics: Pakistan’s Economic Security Paradigm

By: LTC Taewon Choi, CSAG CCJ5 25 Oct 2021 Introduction: Recently, Pakistani leaders have repeatedly signaled a shift from geopolitics to geoeconomics. In 2021, Pakistan officials have repeatedly spoke of the term ‘geoeconomics’. When the Prime Minister Imran Khan visited Sri Lanka in February, he emphasized the importance and possibility of connectivity of the country Read More >