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Ayman al-Zawahiri’s Death and Political-Economic Fragility in South Asia

NESA Center Alumni Publication By Asanga Abeyagoonasekera, Senior Fellow, The Millennium Project 15 September 2022 Political and economic dysfunction is an invitation for terrorism to flourish in the least integrated region in the world, South Asia. P.R Chari, director at IPCS India, captured this a year after the 9/11 attack in a paper called “Combating Read More >

Silk Road Future Leader’s Program: Emerging Regional Challenges

On 15–18 August 2022, the NESA Center hosted an informative Silk Road Future Leader’s Seminar focused on the theme, “Emerging Regional Challenges.” The virtual seminar brought together the next generation of young military officers, diplomats, and academics from South and Central Asia. The seminar consisted of 8 sessions organized around themes relating to ongoing regional threats Read More >

CENTCOM Strategic Survey Seminar

The Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted a CENTCOM Strategic Survey Seminar in Tampa, Florida, from 19–21 July 2022. The 3-day seminar was entitled “Evolving U.S. National Security in the Middle East and South Asia.” It was aimed at giving about 35 U.S Central Command (CENTCOM) and U.S. Special Operations Command Read More >

Community Oriented Policing & Countering Violent Extremism Seminar 2022

From 27–30 June 2022, the NESA Center for Strategic Studies hosted a seminar organized in collaboration with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Interior titled “Community Oriented Policing and Countering Violent Extremism” in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The workshop was designed to help participants evaluate and analyze the nature and dynamics of major community policing challenges, especially Read More >

Air War College Visit – Washington Program

On 23 June 2022, the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) hosted 52 international fellows and faculty from the Air War College at Fort McNair in Washington, DC. The students were briefed by NESA Center Professor Dr. Gawdat Bahgat and NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas on the security dynamics Read More >

NESA Maritime Series: Indian Ocean Island Forum

From 20–22 June 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted the IOR Island State Forum in Bangkok, Thailand. Participants hailed from 18 different countries throughout the Indian Ocean Region. The event, a component of NESA’s ongoing programmatic efforts devoted to the Indian Ocean and the larger Indo-Pacific, focused on 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 >

Russian Invasion of Ukraine – Regional Survey Report

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has dealt yet another challenge with global economic and humanitarian repercussions. In April 2022, the NESA Center surveyed its global alumni network of almost 12,000 security professionals from more than 150 countries to assess the global impact of the invasion, as well as regional attitudes and trends across the NESA Read More >

Distinguished Alumni Award for Bangladesh CSA GEN S.M. Shafiuddin Ahmed

General S. M. Shafiuddin Ahmed, Bangladesh Army Chief of Staff, was inducted as the ninth Distinguished Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies (NESA Center) Alumnus on Thursday, 21 April 2022, at the NESA Center Hall of Fame located in Lincoln Hall. General Shafiuddin was received by National Defense University (NDU) Senior Vice President 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 >