Executive Seminar: Strategic Competition & Regional Cooperation

From 4–15 December 2023, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted the Executive Seminar (ES) “Strategic Competition and Regional Cooperation.” Throughout the two-week virtual event, the NESA Center hosted representatives from all over the world to discuss different topics in security and strategic studies. The NESA Center invited several experts with Read More >

The 6th Great Power Competition Conference

On 8 December 2022, the University of South Florida (USF), in collaboration with the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies, held the 6th Great Power Competition (GPC) Conference titled “Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Implications for the Central Region.” This conference belongs to a series of seminars that focus on Great Power Competition Read More >

Washington Embassy Orientation Seminar 2022

From 17–21 October 2022, the Near East South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies conducted a Washington Embassy Orientation (WEO) Seminar in Washington, D.C. The week-long orientation, titled “Working in Washington,” featured a range of speakers, including diplomats, national security professionals, academics, business leaders, and journalists. As newly arrived foreign government representatives in Washington, participants Read More >

USF and the NESA Center Host the 5th Great Power Competition Conference

On 28–29 April 2022, The University of South Florida (USF) College of Arts and Sciences and the Near East and South Asia (NESA) Center for Strategic Studies hosted the 5th Great Power Competition Conference titled “The Future of National Security After 9/11: Where We are We Now? Where Will We be in 10 Years?” The semi-annual conference was dedicated to the Read More >

The Future of US-Iran Relations Under the Biden Administration

  29 January 2021 – The NESA Center held a meeting with representatives from Chatham House and other European think-tanks to discuss the future of US-Iran relations under the Biden Administration. The U.S. perspective was given, followed by a discussion of how Iranian leaders read the political map in Washington. Also among consideration was the Read More >

Protests and Policing in America Today: Five Critical Lessons

Dr. Hassan Abbas, NESA The widespread protests across the United States in the aftermath of the tragic killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, at the hands of a police officer raises important questions about police professionalism and rule of law. Police organizations across the world and in the US are already under severe Read More >

U.S. Politics and the Coronavirus

Sam Marrero, NESA Center The framework through which the current U.S. political system addresses the pandemic is worthy of consideration. American governmental structure has historically vacillated between a centralized federalist system and a system of de-centralization, with affairs left to state governments. Clashes can occur, and that’s as obvious now as ever as we’ve occasionally Read More >