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Senior Executive Seminar: Global & Regional Power Competition

From 15-19 November 2021, the Near East South Asia Center (NESA) hosted a virtual Senior Executive Seminar titled “Global and Regional Power Competition.” The seminar started off with welcomes from Course Director Dr. Michael Sharnoff, NESA Center Academic Dean Dr. Roger Kangas, and NESA Center Director LTG Terry A. Wolff, USA (Ret.). The five-day seminar Read More >

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 >

Iraq’s National Defense College Visit to NDU

On 20–24 September 2021, the NESA Center hosted a delegation from Iraq’s National Defense College (INDC). The first day started with opening remarks from NESA Center Dean Dr. Roger Kangas and a seminar introduction from NESA Center Professor Daniel Curfiss, who also moderated the seminar series. Over the course of the five-day seminar, members of 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 >

From Warring Partner to Peace Broker – Impact of the New Administration’s Policy towards the War in Yemen

By: LtCol Michael von Normann, DEU A, CSAG Middle East Branch 02 Mar 2021 Introduction: In his first foreign policy speech on February 4, 2021, President Biden announced the US would end its support for the Saudi-led coalition’s offensive operations in Yemen. The new policy laid out by the President also included the suspension of Read More >

The Biden Presidency and U.S.-E.U. Relations: Challenges and Prospects

14 December 2020 – The tenth edition of the NESA Alumni Virtual Interview Series features a discussion with Professor Steven Blockmans on the challenges and prospects for U.S. – EU relations under a Biden presidency, as well as how the trans-Atlantic relationship going forward may impact relevant parts of the NESA region. Professor Steven Blockmans Read More >

Great Power Competition within the NESA AOR

8 December 2020 – In the newest iteration of the NESA IOR Digital Series, NESA Professors Richard Russell, Brianne Todd, and Academic Dean Roger Kangas take a deep dive into how the concepts surrounding Great Power Competition apply to NESA’s Area of Responsibility (AOR). The final installment of the series for calendar-year 2020 was moderated, Read More >

U.S. Concepts for the Indian Ocean Region

1 December 2020 – In the newest iteration of the IOR Digital Series, NESA’s Jeff Payne talks with Dr. Geoffrey Gresh, Dr. Joel Wuthnow, and Dr. Thomas Lynch, all of the National Defense University, on how the U.S. sees priorities in the Indian Ocean Region and what challenges need to be addressed on the horizon. Read More >

NESA IOR Digital Series with Dr. Joshua Tallis

In this iteration of the NESA IOR Digital Series, Jeff Payne is joined by Dr. Joshua Tallis of the Center for Naval Analyses (CNA). The conversation centers on how various illicit activities at sea overlap in the tools and methodologies used. As such, efforts at counterterrorism at sea, drug interdiction, or even counter-smuggling, build the Read More >

Consultations on Indo-Pacific Security: “The Quad”

15 October 2020 – This iteration of the NESA IOR Digital series is the third gathering of the IOR Roundtable, a forum designed for those interested in IOR issues to gather for the exchange of ideas. The focus of this conversation is the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, better known as the “Quad”, or consultations on Indo-Pacific Read More >