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Great Power Perceptions and the Middle East

8 October 2020 – In the newest iteration of the IOR digital series, Mr. Jeff Payne of NESA hosted a discussion on the perceptions of the MENA region states towards the major non-regional powers. Mr. Payne was joined by Jonathan Fulton of Zayed University and the Atlantic Council, Dr. Meena Singh Roy of the Manohar Read More >

Russia’s Stakes in the Indian Ocean Region

In the 14th iteration of NESA’s IOR Digital Series, Jeff Payne is joined by NESA’s Academic Dean, Dr. Roger Kangas, for a conversation on Russia’s stakes in the Indian Ocean Region (IOR) and how Russian strategic thinking will impact not only the Indian Ocean rim, but also the wider Eurasian area. The views presented in 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 >

Global Power Competition: Strategic Implications for the NESA Region

Gawdat Bahgat, NESA With more than a billion people and abundant natural resources, the NESA region (the Middle East, South and Central Asia) enjoys tremendous geopolitical and geo-economic advantages. Furthermore, the NESA region occupies a strategic location, connecting different cultures and civilizations. Little wonder that, since the dawn of history, global powers have been interested Read More >

The Global Collapse of Oil Prices – What Lies Ahead?

NESA Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat writes about the plummeting price of oil which, on April 20th, fell into negative territory for the first time in history. Sellers paid customers to take unwanted oil, highlighting the industry’s disarray and raising several important questions: why this extreme volatility? How will the United States respond as the world’s largest Read More >

Geopolitics of Oil

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Center Last week, Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States led a multinational coalition in major oil production cuts, the largest in world’s history, after a drop in demand due to the Coronavirus crisis and a Saudi-Russian feud devastated oil prices. Twenty three countries committed to withhold collectively 9.7 Read More >

Pandemic Bumps in the Road to Great Power Competition

بالعربية Pусский Dr. Richard Russell, NESA Center The novel coronavirus pandemic is ravaging the world’s health, societies, and economies. The full devastation of the global menace is yet to be seen, but it is already having noticeable impact on international politics and security. The security fallouts can be detected in the geopolitical centers of world Read More >

Oil Price War: It Takes Three to Tango

Dr. Gawdat Bahgat, NESA Center In the last several weeks, people all over the world have understandably been occupied by the Covid-19 outbreak. The virus has spread globally and has already infected more than a million people. In addition to worrying about their own health, people are worried about their well-being, employment status, and prospects Read More >

Turkey, US and Russia may Prioritize Stability in Syria

“US President Donald Trump on Tuesday March 31st had a phone call with Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan to discuss cease-fires in Libya and Syria in the light of the dangers posed by the coronavirus pandemic. This is a very positive sign that, when facing the same threat, which does not differentiate between nations, ethnicities or Read More >

Russia may Revive Astana Talks amid Virus Distraction

“Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu met with Syrian President Bashar Assad in late March to discuss the cease-fire in Idlib. While the West is scrambling to manage the coronavirus pandemic and Syria is not on its radar, Russia might find an opportunity to revive the stalled Astana talks — the parallel course to the Geneva Read More >

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