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NESA-AFRICOM 2023 Workshop Series and NESA Center Women, Peace, and Security E-Book Release

From 29 April – 6 May 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, in partnership with U.S. Africa Command, held three back-to-back workshop series in Bangkok, Thailand, for senior government and civilian security experts and a “whole of society” approach from 24 countries with a total of 53 female participants. The Read More >

Iran-KSA Peace Talks and its Implications for South Asia

CSAG INFORMATION PAPER By: Lt Col Kashif Ehtisham, Pakistan Army (CSAG/CCJ5) 28 April 2023 Subject: Iran-KSA peace talks and its implications for South Asia. Purpose: The aim of this paper is to present the analysis of CSAG on consequences of the Iran-KSA peace talks for South Asia in order to draw pertinent conclusions for US Read More >

2023 NESA-IISS South Asia Security Forum

From 10–12 March 2023,  the Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies and its partner, the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS), co-hosted the 7th annual South Asia Security Forum in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain. The NESA Center team Distinguished Professor Hassan Abbas, Distinguished Professor Ali Ahmad Jalali, and Adjunct Professor John Gill attended the forum, which brought Read More >

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 >

What is Behind the Humanitarian Policy of the Russian Federation

CSAG INFORMATION PAPER By: Hany Mohamed, LTC, Egypt Army (CSAG/CCJ5) 9 November 2022 Subject: What is behind (Концепция гуманитарной политики Российской Федерации за рубежом)? The Concept of the Russian Humanitarian Policy document. Purpose: To present a rational and literal analysis for the contents and timing of the humanitarian abroad policy of the Russian Federation and Read More >

Perceptions of the Indo-Pacific – Views from the NESA Region

In August 2022, the NESA Center distributed a survey to its alumni network with a range of questions formulated around U.S. policy towards the Indo-Pacific and how that impacts the countries of the NESA region. The survey also sought to measure attitudes about Chinese engagement in the Indo-Pacific and NESA regions. The survey contained a 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 >

Malaysian Armed Forces Director General of Defence Training Meets with the NESA Center about Professional Military Education

Brigadier General Fadzillah bt Adbullah, RMAF, Director General of Malaysian Armed Forces Defence Training, and a delegation of five Malaysian military training staff officers representing the various branches of the Malaysian Ministry of Defence visited National Defense University (NDU) and the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies in Washington, D.C. on 6 Read More >

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 >