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International Military Officers’ Forum

From 1-5 November 2021, the NESA Center hosted foreign military officers assigned to U.S. Central Command in Tampa in Washington D.C. for an International Military Officers’ Forum titled “World Power Competition and Middle East Turmoil.” NESA Center experts, including Professor Dr. Richard Russell, Deputy Director COL David Lamm, Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, and Professor Read More >

Annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference

From 24–26 September 2021, Dean Dr. Roger Kangas along with Professor Dr. Hassan Abbas and Professor John Gill participated in the restart of the annual NESA-IISS Southern Asia Security Conference in Bahrain. This was the 14th iteration of the conference after a hiatus in 2020 because of the health crisis. As in the past, this Read More >

Dynamics of Countering Human Trafficking in South Asia and the Gulf

From 30 August–1 September 2021, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies arranged a three-day virtual seminar to help participants assess, analyze, and identify opportunities to effectively counter human trafficking in South Asia and the Gulf and improve regional coordination and cooperation to dismantle illicit networks in the area. The seminar focused Read More >

Silk Road Future Leaders Seminar: Strategic Leadership for Regional Security

On 25 May 2021, the NESA Center hosted an informative one-day Silk Road Future Leaders Seminar focused on the theme, “Strategic Leadership for Regional Security.” The virtual seminar welcomed diplomats and military officers from NESA countries across Central Asia and South Asia, including Tajikistan, India, Nepal, and Kazakhstan. The Silk Road Future Leaders Seminar was Read More >

Air War College Virtual Visit

On 21 June 2021, the NESA Center virtually hosted the Air War College. NESA professors, Dr. Gawdat Bahgat and Dr. Hassan Abbas, discussed security challenges in the Middle East, North Africa, South and Central Asia. Dr. Anouar Boukhars from the Africa Center for Security Studies (ACSS) addressed recent development in Africa and Dr. Boris Saavedra from Read More >

Strategic Estimate 2021

By Combined Strategic Analysis Group – CCJ5-G – USCENTCOM May 2021 Introduction: USCENTCOM CCJ5 Combined Strategic Analysis Group (CSAG) produces a yearly, forward looking AOR Strategic Estimate for Commander USCENTCOM and staff. This Estimate is the 48th since 2003. The previous Estimate was released on 4 May 2020. The May 2021 Estimate is current as Read More >

Sri Lanka’s Geopolitical Challenges with Asanga Abeyagoonasekera

22 January 2021 – In the eleventh edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series, Mr. Fahad Malaikah hosts Mr. Asanga Abeyagoonasekera for a discussion of his new book, “Conundrum of an Island: Sri Lanka’s Geopolitical Challenges”. Mr. Abeyagoonasekera sheds light on what inspired him to write the book as well as the various topics Read More >

India’s Strategic Rise, South Asia’s Choices, and Great Power Competition with Dr. Thomas Lynch

14 January 2021 – In the first iteration of the IOR digital series in 2021, Dr. Thomas Lynch of the Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) at National Defense University (NDU) joins NESA’s Jeffrey Payne to discuss his views on Great Power Competition, U.S.-India bilateral relations, and the trajectory of India as an actor of Read More >